The Charles Institute provides state of the art research facilities to support interdisciplinary research activities. Two large open-plan laboratories provide bench space for up to seventy researchers. These laboratories are equipped with general and high-specification equipment reflecting the interests of the research groups in molecular and cell biology and polymer chemistry.
Additional instrument rooms are designated and equipped for specific applications. These include a PCR room, 3 tissue culture suites, a histology room and an imaging room.
The laboratories are well equipped for DNA and protein gel electrophoresis, with a Syngene Chemi XRQ gel documentation system, along with an X-ray developer in a fully enclosed dark room.
For photobiomodulation research we have a bespoke LED system purpose built by Philips Research.
Polymer chemistry equipment includes four Agilent Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) systems and one High-performance Liquid Chromatography HPLC system, a freeze drier,a rotary evaporator and a Discovery Series Hybrid Rheometer.
See below for more details on each of our designated rooms and equipment. For more information please contact the Charles Institute Technical Officer
These unique devices were specifically made by Philips Research (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) for photobiomodulation studies. The Sirius 24 and Sirius 8 LED panels were designed for ex vivo skin culture studies. Light distribution is homogenous across the culture surface.
There are currently five Agilent systems in use in the Charles Institute, four GPC systems and one HPLC system, including two Agilent 1260 Infinity Multi-Detector Suite’s (MDS). These are a high- end multiple detector platform, which provides not only accurate molecular weight data independent of the chemistry of the standards, but also gives insight into the behavior of the polymer in solution.