Cell Biology and Tissue Culture Lab

We have a dedicated cell and molecular biology laboratory occupying over 1250 Sq/Ft, equipped for mammalian cell culture. A suite of analytical equipment for advanced biochemical, proteomic and molecular biological analysis is available within this laboratory. The high specification tissue culture laboratory is dedicated to the assessment of biomaterials for tissue engineering applications using a range of both primary and secondary cell types. Our research staff has extensive expertise on the culture of many cell types and the use of advanced tissue culture techniques.

Typical biochemical and molecular biological assessment techniques include:

·         Cell adhesion and attachment

·         Cell viability and proliferation

·         Cytotoxicity

·         Differentiation and mineralisation

·         Protein expression – Western blotting, immunocytochemistry

·         Gene expression analysis – PCR, Real-Time PCR and DNA Microarray analysis

·         Flow cytometry (apoptosis, cell death, cell surfaces biomarkers and cell cycle analysis)

·         Cell imaging – SEM, TEM, and confocal scanning laser microscopy (CLSM)

For more information please contact the head of the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Group (BTERG),

Prof. Brian Meenan



Title of Equipment Supplier  Model Key Spec
Flow Cytometer Accuri  C6 4 Laser 
Absorbsorbace Plate Reader Tecan Sunrise 96 well plate
Fluorescent Plate reader Tecan Genios 96 well plate
Real Time PCR Roche  LightCycler 480 5 Laser
Bioanalyzer Agilent 2100  
Confocal Microscope Carl Zeiss LSM 480 3 Laser
Fluorescent Microscope Nikon Eclispe 80i Mercury Lamp
Inverted Microscope Nikon Eclipse T500  
                                                                                  Endothelial cells – From bovine aorta


Engineering Futures and Dr Steve Myers Talk

Monday 23rd of February 2015

Engineering Futures and Dr Steve Myers Talk

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Tuesday 10th of February 2015

Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Tony Byrne, Professor of Photocatalysis

Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Tony Byrne, Professor of Photocatalysis

When & where Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:30 at the Jordanstown campus Lecture Theatre 9F03

NIBEC Lecture Series begins in mid - October