Research facilities

NFB is affiliated to the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science that provides state of the art research facilities to support interdisciplinary research activities.

FACILITIES AT NCBES, Orbsen Building, NUI Galway


  • Scanning Electron Microscope with X Ray Analysis System
  • Transmission Electron Microscope and sample preparation facility
  • Scanning FT-IR Spectrometer with Microscope
  • Atomic Force and Scanning tunnelling microscopy systems
  • Impedance Spectrometer
  • Confocal Microscope
  • Raman Microscope
  • Fluorescence lifetime equipment
  • Nikon Fluorescent and Light Microscopes
  • Inverted Fluorescent Microscope plus image analysis software
  • MMI Laser Scanning Microscope
  • Olympus Fluorescent Microscope with image capture software
  • Optigrid Platform with Volocity 3D/4D image capture software

Materials Testing Equipment

  • BIAcore biosensor
  • Differential Scanning Colorimeter (DSC)
  • Origin 3800 High Performance Computer with SGI workstations
  • Universal Stress Rheometer
  • Coordinate Measurement Machine
  • Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analyser
  • Sinterstation 2500plus Rapid Prototyper
  • Femtosecond Laser
  • Axial Torsion Testing Machine
  • Nano-Indenter with AFM head
  • Pin on Disc Tribometer
  • High Frequency Fatigue machine

Tissue Culture Laboratories

  • Fully equipped tissue culture suites (centrifuges, incubators, class II safety cabinets etc)
  • Cell storage for master cell/virus banks
  • Hypoxic Chamber
  • Cell storage bar code identification and labeling software

DNA Analysis Lab Equipment

  • Rapid Plate & Twister Arm Liquid Handling
  • Agilent Bioanalyser
  • Microarray Scanner and printer
  • Real time quantitative PCR machine
  • ABI 96 well real time PCR fast system
  • Standard PCR set-up gel rigs and image capture & densitometry apparatus
  • Bacterial cloning equipment – incubators & centrifuges

Protein/Vector Analysis Equipment

  • GC/LC Mass Spectrometer with QTof
  • Acta FPLC system for vector isolation
  • Acta FPLC Chromatography system for liposome experiments
  • Particle Size Analyser
  • High speed Sorvall and Beckmann centrifuges
  • Nanodrop Spectrophotometer
  • Ultra Low Temperature Freezers
  • Plate readers, luminometry and fluorescence capabilities
  • 2-D gel electrophoresis equipment and image analysis equipment
  • Guava Easycyte System
  • FACS Canto ™ and FACS Aria ™ Flow Cytometers

Histology Laboratory

  • Tissue processor,
  • Parrafin Wax embedder,
  • Rotary Microtome, float out bath,
  • Cryostat
  • Vibratome
  • Slide Staining equipment

Centre for Microscopy and Imaging NUIG

The mission of the Centre for Microscopy and Imaging (CMI) at the National University of Ireland Galway, (NUIG’s core imaging node, and member of the National Bio-photonics and Imaging Platform ( consortium and the Eurobioimaging platform ) is to provide access to and training in a variety of high-end light and electron microscopes and cutting-edge imaging software and analysis tools.

Our principle goals are to:
• Provide access to high-end acquisition and analysis workstations.
• Provide expertise in microscopy, imaging and analysis specialising in various cell and tissue phenotypes.
• Maintain instruments and workstations to ensure quality and efficiency.
• Invest/develop new technologies that will enhance the capabilities of the CMI.
• Maintain an institute-wide image storage facility for better and safer archiving of all image or image-related documents.
• Link to other European and worldwide microscopy and imaging networks.
Giving access to key instrumentation both on campus and across the country, to a wide range of users, is a keystone of the philosophy behind the setup of the CMI (

FACILITIES AT NFB, Biosciences, Corrib Village, Dangan, NUI Galway


  • Upright Fluorescence Microscope Olympus BX51 with DP70 Color Camera and Image Pro-Plus Analysis System
  • Inverted Fluorescence Motorised Microscope Olympus IX-81 with Image Pro-Plus Analysis Software and Autoquant Deconvolution Software

Chemical Analysis

  • Varian 920 HPLC System with IR Detector and Cirrus Gel Permeation Chromatography Software
  • Agilent/Polymer Labs PL GPC50 plus Triple Detection Gel Permeation Chromatography System (viscosity, refractive index and light scattering)
  • Varian 610-IR FTIR Microscope with ResolutionsPro Software
  • Malvern Nano ZS-90 Zeta Potential and Size Analyser
  • Biochrom Amino Acid Analyser

Scaffold Fabrication

  • Virtis and Labconco Freeze Driers
  • Electrospinning Rig and High Voltage Power Supply
  • Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Polymer Processor (SciMed)

DNA/Protein Analysis

  • Multiple illumination Image Documentation System
  • Varioskan Flash Spectral Scanning Multimode Reader (UV/Vis, Fluorescence, TRH, luminescence)
  • Agilent Bioanalyser 2100
  • Nanodrop Spectrophotometer
  • Mesoscale Mulitplex ELISA system
  • Electrophoresis and Western blotting equipment

Tissue Culture/Other Laboratory Equipment

  • Fully Equipped Tissue Culture Suites (centrifuges, incubators, Class II safety cabinets etc.)
  • Autoclaves, Water Purification System, High Speed Centrifuge
  • Hypoxia Chamber (Coy O2 Control Glove Box