Biomedical Sciences Research Complex

An interdisciplinary centre for Biomedical Research.

World leading science at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics and medicine.

Buildings and Facilities


BSRC researchers work in a complex of purpose built specialist laboratories on the North Haugh campus of the University of St Andrews. These laboratories include those in the School of Medicine (2010; £45M), the Biomolecular Sciences Annexe (2008; £13M) and the recently completed Willie Russell Laboratories (2019; £9M). The main Biomolecular Sciences building is currently being refurbished with completion expected in 2021.

These buildings house the specialist facilities that underpin the interdisciplinary research in the BSRC.

BSRC Annex

Mass spectroscopy

The BSRC Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Core Facility offers a wide range of support for research projects, both within the university and the wider academic community.  The facility has four mass spectrometers (Sciex 5600 with nanoLCMS/MSMS, Sciex 4800 MALDI MS & MSMS, Thermo LCQFleet with LCMS, Waters LCT with LCMS) with three co-located research instruments (Sciex Qtrap 4000, Thermo VelosPro with LCMS, Themo Exactive).  A full support service is provided, including experimental design, analysis and data interpretation.

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Research lab

High containment laboratories

The BSRC has two high-containment laboratory suites with all the necessary facilities to work with ACDP level 3 pathogens such as malaria or HIV. These laboratories provide state of the art protection for the workers using them and include through-the-wall autoclaves for inactivation of hazardous biological material.

BSRC specialist labs

X-ray crystallography

Fundamental studies of the function and mechanism of proteins often requires detailed knowledge of their structure. The X-ray facility in the BSRC houses a Rigaku MM007HFM with ACTOR robot and CCD detectors for automated screening of protein crystals prior to data collection at synchrotron sources, and for in-house data collection. The facility also provides users with an ARI Scorpion for screen preparation and an ARI Gryphon for nano-drop dispensing.

Sample preparation


BSRC researchers benefit from bioinformatics support from StABU (the St Andrews Bioinformatics Unit) located within the School of Medicine. StABU provide support and training for genome-wide association studies, next generation sequencing analysis – genomic and functional genomic approaches – and the computational tools that underpin this analysis. A dedicated cluster supports more than 150 applications and provides storage solutions.

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The BSRC Biophysics suite gives users access to a range of instrumentation to help in understanding their specific biological systems. The suite hosts a Biacore T200 SPR, a Malvern MicroCal PEAQ-ITC, a Malvern MicroCal VP-ITC, an Applied Photophysics Stopped-Flow spectrometer and a BioLogic MOS-500 CD spectrometer. The BSRC also has a Bruker EMX continuous wave X-band EPR spectrometer and an E580 pulse X-band EPR spectrometer with ELDOR capability and has regular access to world leading Q- and W-band pulse EPR instrumentation in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

laboratory equipment