Facilities and Equipment

Facilities and Equipment

The Quadram Institute building contains a range of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that could be of interest to industrial partners lacking in-house alternatives. The facilities include the Clinical Research Facility, Germ-Free Facility, Containment Level 3 Facility (CL3), and Biorepository, while high-end equipment such as the model-gut, analytical instrumentation and DNA sequencing is also available on-site. Quadram Institute Bioscience importantly not only has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, but also the expertise to maximise their effectiveness when delivering projects for our customers.
Clinical Research facility (CRF) 
The CRF is home to a host of research studies into a range of health conditions, involving patients and volunteers , and is therefore the perfect place for doing clinical research into food and nutrition. The CRF comprises of:
  • Reception space
  • Clinical space
  • DXA Scanner
  • Dedicated sample processing laboratory
  • Food Grade Catering/Kitchen facilities.
  • Research food storage facilities
  • Participants’ Lounge and Diner
Available for the banking of human tissue (i.e. blood, solid tissue, and other samples) in secure -80°C freezers. The facility can provide assistance from informed and ethical donor consent, through transport and archiving, to sample retrieval.
Germ-Free Facility
For more information on these services please go to our contact us page.
Highlighted Equipment
QIB Extra is able to take advantage of a wide variety of within QIB and also across the NRP to deliver contracted research for its customers.
  • Electron Microscopy - TEM (transmission electron microscopy), SEM (scanning electron microscopy)
  • Confocal Microscopy - Zeiss LSM880 with Airyscan
  • Light Microscopy - Leica M165C, Nikon Eclipse Ti inverted, Olympus BX60, Zeiss AxioImager.M2  
  • Infrared Spectroscopy - Nicolet iN10 MX FTIR imaging system
Mass Spectrometry
  • We have a range of state-of-the-art mass spectrometry systems, including accurate mass UPLC-QTOF, and LC/MS with a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer.
  • Within the NRP we also have access to a fully equipped Proteomics facilities.
QIB Flow Cytometry
  • Amnis Image Stream MkII 
  • Luminex 200 Multiplexer 
  • BD LSR Fortessa 
  • Sony SH800 2-way cell sorter
DNA sequencing and bioinformatics
  • Whole genome sequencing
  • 16S sequencing
  • Shotgun Metagenome Sequencing
  • Library construction
  • NMR - High-field and Low field
  • Food digestion - Model Gut (dynamic gastric model, colon model and other digestion systems)
  • Micromatirx (for cell and microbial cultivations, screening cell-lines, microbial, and/or yeast libraries)

Bespoke Scientific Research

Including food science and innovation, gut health (inc. microbiome) and microbes in the food chain.

Clostridium botulinum challenge testing

QIB Extra tests for toxin types B and E as these are the common toxins associated with chilled food products however tests for other botulinum toxins are also available.

DNA Sequencing

Our DNA sequencing service utilises Short- and Long-Read technologies for comprehensive genomic analysis, offering expert guidance in experimental design, data interpretation, and strategic planning.


TraDIS-Xpress is a high-resolution, whole-genome assay that identifies novel mechanisms of triclosan action and resistance.

Food Safety - Microbiology

QIB Extra offers a rapid, confidential and cost-effective way to address your microbiological needs.


Tap into the expertise of Quadram Institute Bioscience Research Group Leaders through QIB Extra.

Analysis of Food Bioactives

Food Bioactives, particularly plant-based bioactives, are the focus of intense research with regards to their beneficial health properties.

Food Quality / Nutritional Analysis

QIB Extra can help your business in all aspects of food quality; shelf-life, authenticity, texture analysis and product consistency.

National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC)

National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) provides a range of yeast related services for the brewing and baking industry and academic researchers. 

Nutritional Information Solutions (NIS)

Nutritional Information Solutions provides a cost effective service to calculate front and back of pack food labelling for food producers.  

Applied Contract Research and Analytical Services for Industry

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