The School of Biological Sciences is well equipped for teaching and research in the diverse areas of modern biology. The state-of-the-art facilities at the Guildhall Campus include greenhouse, microbiological and tissue culture laboratories and a newly equipped histology suite. Microscopes for a wide range of applications from marine biology to nanotechnology feature transmission and scanning electron microscopes, fluorescence microscopes, confocal and laser caption microscopes, TIRF microscope and atomic force microscopes.
Molecular biology is supported by a dedicated molecular modelling centre, a 600 MHz NMR facility, and apparatus for DNA profiling and array analysis, while mass spectrometer and gas chromatography/mass spectrometers are available for detailed sample analyses. A further highlight is the European Xenopus Resource Centre funded by the Wellcome Trust, which opened in April 2007.
Marine biology research is supported by research laboratories and specialised facilities for handling marine organisms, including wetlabs, over 50 holding tanks, a continuously-pumped filtered seawater supply, quarantine facility, temperature-controlled rooms, research vessels and a experimental research raft. Water quality and microbiology laboratories at the University's Centre for Environmental Technology (Petersfield, Hampshire) further facilitate wastewater research.