The LMCB has a team of full-time laboratory support staff that includes a laboratory manager and deputy, a stores manager and five laboratory assistants who provide research support to all LMCB groups. The laboratory support staff offer or arrange services such as maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment, minor laboratory modifications and refurbishment, maintenance of cryo-banks, provision of laboratory gas supplies and de-ionised water and 24-hour monitoring of ultra-low temperature freezers.
The laboratory manager and deputy also provide advice and support on all aspects of laboratory health and safety, and can advise and assist research-groups on the preparation and submission of notifications and risk assessments required for their research, e.g. GM Safety Committee approvals, Home Office and HSE notifications, etc.
Other services provided by the laboratory support staff include waste collection and autoclaving, laboratory plastic/glassware washing and sterilisation and media preparation. We also have a large stores facility, which stocks a wide range of laboratory consumables that can be ordered on-line and delivered direct to the laboratories.
The LMCB core facilities include 11 well-equipped tissue culture laboratories including three primary TC labs, a dedicated radio-isotope laboratory, an ACDP Biohazard Category 2 virus laboratory and five cold-rooms. Also there are five equipment rooms, distributed throughout the institute, containing well-maintained laboratory equipment such as:
The Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology IT provision has under gone a major transformation in the last two years taking it from an under used resource to a service that now provides a state of the art network and storage ecosystem to the institute and its users.
Building on the institutes’ renowned cell imaging platform, the Information Technology has been tailored to provide fast data access and storage allowing the laboratories to process and manipulate experimental data in a more timely manner.
The IT department provides support to all the institute laboratories on a day to day basis whilst also scoping out projects that will respond to the ever increasing challenges of huge data sets produced by the imaging systems.
Currently we have around 80 Terabytes of online storage and a network of blade switches that provides 10Gb backbone to all server systems and 1Gb to all wall ports. A fibre-based LAN is also being provided for high speed networking to the microscope systems and also a number of imaging workstations within the unit.
We are also starting to investigate distributed computing and virtualised high availability computing to allow for additional 3 and 4 dimensional imaging.
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