Research Facilities

The Centre for Bioengineering is a hub of cutting-edge research and innovation, equipped with an array of facilities catering to various aspects of bioengineering including microscopy, organ-chip technology, cell and tissue culture, electrochemistry, human performance analysis, and more. The following summaries some of the core facilities: 

  • Cell and Tissue Engineering Labs - comprehensive resources for research in tissue engineering, mechanobiology, and biomechanics. It features dedicated cell culture labs, molecular biology facilities, and laboratories for biochemical/cell biology analysis, alongside mechanical testing machines for biological tissues and implantable materials and bioreactor systems for dynamic mechanical loading of cells

  • Organ-on-a-chip Centre - state-of-the-art organ-chip facilities including the Queen Mary+Emulate Organs-on-chips Centre and other commercial organ-chip facilities as well as the ability to manufacture in-house chips via the CREATE lab

  • Electron, Confocal and Atomic Force Microscopy -   We host laser scanning confocal microscopes and a super-resolution systems, supporting live cell imaging, 3D reconstruction, and morphological measurement. In addition our NanoVision Centre provides electron and scanning probe microscopy.

  • Human Performance Lab - facilities to assess motion and forces in human activities using advanced equipment like force plates, treadmills for wheelchairs, motion analysis facilities, and oxygen consumption monitors, aiding research in biomechanics and rehabilitation. 

  • BioFluids Lab - focuses on the mechanical modelling and characterisation of blood and cancer cells, drug-delivery microcapsules, and the flow in extracellular matrices, integrating AI tools with microfluidic systems for healthcare innovations. 

  • Biomaterials Characterisation Lab - a full analysis service in materials science, equipped with analytical equipment for structural, thermal, and mechanical analysiss.

  • Robotics lab - our Healthcare robotics activity is supported by extensive robotics labs in partnership with the Centre for Advanced Robotics.