Location: B602 & B607
Microbiology is the study of all living organisms that are too small to be visible with the naked eye. This includes bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, prions, protozoa and algae, collectively known as 'microbes'. These microbes play key roles in nutrient cycling, biodegradation/biodeterioration, climate change, food spoilage, the cause and control of disease, and biotechnology. Thanks to their versatility, microbes can be put to work in many ways: making life-saving drugs, the manufacture of biofuels, cleaning up pollution, and producing/processing food and drink.
Located in the sixth floor of the Bessemer Building, Microbiology is a shared facility open to all Bioengineeing users, and external users in some cases, providing the necessary equipment and conditions to perform bacterial work. Access to the Lab is gained through the completion of a Health & Safety Induction and equipment training, There is a charge associated to use the Lab, the contibutions are used towards the maintenance and improvement of the space and its equipment.
Access: Induction and Training
Access to the facility is granted by the core facility manager after the completion of a health & safety induction.
It is essential that good microbiology laboratory practice is observed at all times when working with any microbes. Before any practical activity is undertaken a risk assessment should be performed (Safety quick links.) to ensure there is minimal hazard to all concerned. When working with pathogens or genetically modified organisms a Bio1 risk assessment form is required.