UCL Division of Biosciences


Mechanical Workshop

The Mechanical Workshop provides a professional design and production service for prototype research equipment. The workshops can also provide maintenance and repair work to research equipment based in laboratories or core equipment rooms. 


Mechanical Workshop Staff:

Workshop Manager: Duncan Farquharson d.farquharson@ucl.ac.uk
Deputy Workshop Manager: David Brennan david.brennan@ucl.ac.uk
Senior Mechanical Workshop Technician; Glyn Evans g.evans@ucl.ac.uk

Academic Line Managers:

Guy Moss g.moss@ucl.ac.uk
Finn Werner f.werner@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: 020 7679 3200  
Internal: 33200


The Biosciences Mechanical Workshop is currently situated in the Medical Sciences Building (room LG31).

Techniques and Capabilities

The Workshop has equipment necessary for a full range of engineering needs. Projects range from cell baths, perfusion systems, temperature controlled microscope stages to custom built soundproof and/or lightproof Faraday cages. We help develop new 2 photon and other laser imaging systems as required.

Costs / Charges

Charges are priced per hour, with additional charges for materials. Scientists who require workshop services should request the workshop requisition form and fill in relevant parts before contacting the workshop manager.  The form will then be completed in discussion with the workshop manager.

Examples of Our Work

Acoustic Ferret Cage

This behavioural arena is used to study the reaction to sound & spatial awareness of a ferret. We are also able to produce variations of this to suit your experimental needs.

Computer Controlled Cell Stretcher

This bespoke Cell Stretching System mechanically stimulates cells growing by stretching and compressing them. These can be designed to fit any microscope stage.