Bio Screening Facility

BioScreening Facility

The Bio Screening Facility is based across two sites. In the Faculty of Medical Sciences, high throughput screening (HTS) allows the rapid identification of novel targets enabling researchers to identify new avenues for their research. The Bio Screening Facility uses state of the art equipment and biological reagents to cater for researchers working with both mammalian and microbial cell-based systems. The highly experienced staff in the facility work with researchers from within the University as well as the wider scientific community to further scientific research.

The Bio Screening Facility based at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality (CAV) is an established in-house facility offering a bespoke service to enhance your research. Regularly involved in clinical and academic research, it offers a wide variety of advice, technical support and biomarker assessment that can expand your research project. The laboratory was originally established to translate biologically relevant markers in the field of Ageing and Age-related disease research but its expertise has now grown and can be applied to other clinical and academic areas including non-human samples. The facility is capable of processing large numbers of samples on a regular basis, for instance to fit the needs of clinical research projects with constant recruitment of participants and samples. Its research portfolio includes MRC and BBSRC funded projects such as the Newcastle 85+ study, Newcastle Thousand Families and HALCyon. The facility has collaborated with other national and international Universities (Boston, USA; Leiden, Netherlands; Keio University, Tokyo, Japan; InChianti Study, Parma University, Italy) and with industrial partners (Unilever, Procter and Gamble).

The Bio Screening Facility CAV is able to embark on all stages of the process such as:

  • Costings and grant applications
  • Sample handling, collection, labelling and tracking
  • Development and validation of novel assays or enhancement of existing assays
  • Processing a variety of biological material both human and other species
  • Translation of markers between research areas and species
  • Coordination with clinical teams or other study teams
  • Preparing manuscripts for publication

The Bio Screening Facility is one of a number of facilities available for research and commercial use at Newcastle University.