As part of the continued investment in teaching and learning facilities, Edge Hill University has today unveiled its brand-new state-of-the art Biotechnology laboratories.

Located in the University’s £13m Tech Hub, which is part-funded via the Lancashire Growth Deal, the Biotechnology labs include some of the best equipment for carrying out research in ecological genetics, insect disease vectors, antibiotic discovery, biomedical sciences, microbiology and genetic engineering.

Biotechnology is the application of biological knowledge and techniques to address society’s problems, and it’s arguably the most rapidly developing area of science.

The new labs will allow staff and students from the Biosciences department to use industry-standard equipment which will help facilitate new and exciting research, such as cloning and the treatment and prevention of diseases.

The labs house a wide variety of equipment such as a DNA Sequencer, which reads DNA code enabling samples to be compared or identified, a Bioreactor which is used for tissue engineering, and a Fluorescence-activated cell sorting machine which is a powerful machine that rapidly and accurately identifies, characterises and physically separates different cells into populations using their size and morphology.

Paul Ashton, Head of Biology, said:

“This facility puts Edge Hill at the forefront of cutting edge genetic technology. This presents an incredible for students to work with this equipment and develop both their biological knowledge and their employability.”

Chloe Elliott is currently studying for her Biology Masters at Edge Hill and finds the new labs essential for her research.

“My research is on the effects of androgens on embryonic attachment in an endometrial cell line, and thanks to the new Biotech labs in the Tech Hub I’m able to conduct numerous experiments all at the same time within the same lab or bench space using the latest technology,” said Chloe.

Click here for more information about Biosciences courses at Edge Hill.