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 spring 2022.

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

Research lab

Mass spectroscopy

The BSRC Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Core Facility offer 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).  Full support service is provided, including experimental design, analysis and data interpretation.

Further details: http://mass-spec.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/

BSRC specialist labs

High containment laboratories

The BSRC has two high-containment laboratory suites with all the necessary facilities to work with ACDP level 3 pathogens, including animal and human pathogenic parasites, viruses and bacteria. These laboratories provide state of the art protection for the workers using them and include through-the-wall autoclaves for the inactivation of hazardous biological material.

Sample preparation

Structural Biology

Fundamental studies of the function and mechanism of proteins often require 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.

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Bioinformatics

BSRC researchers benefit from bioinformatics support from StABU (the St Andrews Bioinformatics Unit) located within the School of Medicine. StABU provides 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.
Further details: https://bioinformatics.st-andrews.ac.uk/

laboratory equipment

Biophysics

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.