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Our 'Facility Fridays' Seminar series aims to showcase the range of facilities and technical support available to researchers in the School of Biological Sciences and provide a platform for the excellent people working hard to support School research.

These 30 minute lunchtime workshops feature paired talks from Facility Managers and  Biological Sciences Researchers who will detail the opportunites available at each Facility and outline a short research story made possible through engagement with the Facility.

These events are held online at 12 midday on the last Friday of the month, and are open to all members of the School.

Upcoming Talks

Friday 25 November, 12:00 - 12:30, Zoom

Small Animal Imaging @ Anne McLaren Building


  • Ferdia Gallagher, Professor of Translational Imaging
  • Josh Kaggie, MRI Physicist, Department of Radiology
  • Nisha Kuzhuppilly Ramakrishnan, PET-CT Lead, University of Cambridge

Friday 9 December, 12:00 - 12:30, Zoom

Core Scientific Facilities Development Project Update


  • Simon Carpenter, Scientific Research Facilities Strategic Lead

Friday 27 January 2023, 12:00 - 12:30, Zoom

New Microscopy Technologies @ Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre


  • Leila Muresan, EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellow
  • Martin Lenz, Senior Research Associate

Friday 24 February 2023, 12:00 - 12:30, Zoom

Centre for Proteomics @ Biochemistry


  • Mike Deery, Facility Manager
  • TBC

Friday 31 March 2023, 12:00 - 12:30, Zoom

Translational Neuroimaging Laboratory @ Physiology, Development and Neuroscience


  • Steve Sawiak, Translational Neuroimaging Laboratory Manager and MRI physicist
  • TBC

    Previous Events

    Friday 25 February, 12:00 - 12:30, Zoom

    Cryo-Electron Microscopy


    • Dima Chirgadze, Cryo-EM Facility Manager
    • Shikang Liang, Postdoc, Department of Biochemistry

    Friday 25 March, 12:00 - 12:30, Zoom

    Bioinformatics Training


    • Matt Castle, Head of Bioinformatics Training Facility
    • Matthias Landgraf, Department of Zoology

    Friday 29 April, 12:00 - 12:30, Zoom



    • Katherine Stott, Biophysics Facility Manager
    • Luay Joudeh, Postdoc, Department of Biochemistry

    Friday 27 May, 12:00 - 12:30, Zoom



    • Keturah Smithson, CT Scan Technician
    • Kate Criswell, Research Associate, Department of Zoology

    Friday 24 June, 12:00 - 12:30, Zoom

    Flow Cytometry


    • Joana Cerveira, Flow Cytometry Facility Manager
    • Pedro Cunha, PhD Student, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

    Friday 29 July, 12:00 - 12:30, Zoom

    X-Ray Crystallography


    • Paul Brear, X-Ray Crystallography Manager
    • Sheikh Arif, Research Associate, Department of Biochemistry

    Friday 30 September, 12:00 - 12:30, Zoom

    DNA Sequencing @ Biochemistry


    • Shilo Titus, Sequencing Facility Manager
    • Helena Webb, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biochemistry

    Friday 28 October, 12:00 - 12:30, Zoom

    Fly Facility @ Genetics


    • Simon Collier, Fly Facility Manager
    • Carlos Luque, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Genetics