ISIS houses a biology laboratory in each target station, providing specialist equipment and expertise for the preparation, characterisation and handling of biological and biochemical samples. These may include nucleic acids, proteins, lipids and bacterial cell cultures. We assist visiting scientists in preparing, checking, and optimising samples for ISIS instrument beam time. Work in these laboratories also focuses on the development of experimental methods and assisting users with data analysis and experimental design.
The R80 Biology Lab is located on the first floor on the east side of TS2. This laboratory operates at containment level 2.
The R55 Biology Lab is located on the ground floor, near Surf beamline in TS1. This laboratory operates at containment level 1.
Access to both the bio labs is restricted. Please contact the lab manager or your local contact to arrange for an induction. Access will be granted for the duration of your experiment after induction.
Safety Information and Working Practices
Any work that is carried out in the biolab must be suitably risk assessed either in your Experimental Risk Assessment (ERA) for a beam time experiment or separately for a non-beam time experiment. Please contact the lab manager if you need more information or risk assessment templates.
Lone working permission will be granted by the lab manager after reviewing the risk assessments and ensuring that suitable measures are in place. Please speak to the lab manager well in advance to organise this.