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Animal & Bioscience Department Facilities

The Animal & Bioscience Research Department has an extensive range of state of the art laboratory facilities and technical resources available to all researchers within the Department.

Genomics & Proteomics

  • Illumina GA II & Roche 454 GS FLX
  • Transcriptomics & qPCR
  • Chemiluminescence, fluorescence and radioisotope detection
  • Offgel, large-scale 2-D electrophoresis & Progenesis image analysis
  • FPLC, Nano LC & Mass Spectrometry


  • Full RIA and ELISA assay suite
  • Fluorescent and visible plate readers
  • Gamma counters and data reduction software

Computational Biology

  • High performance 72GB RAM/node LINUX cluster
  • Web and database servers
  • Access to ICHEC supercomputers

Animal Models

  • Disease susceptibility – nematodes, TB, mastitis
  • Compensatory Growth
  • High & Low Fertility
  • Feed Efficiency – RFI, methane
  • Growth & carcass composition
  • Dairy crossbreeding

Immunology & Infectious Disease

  • Automated haematology & clinical analysis
  • Flow cytometry
  • ELISA processing
  • Tissue culture suite
  • Class II containment facilities
  • Real-Time cell-assays

Chemical Composition Analysis

  • Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Gas Chromatography
  • Near & Mid Infra-red Reflectance Spectroscopy

Large Animal Facilities

  • Large dairy, beef and sheep research farms
  • Automated animal behaviour monitoring
  • Individual & group feed intake monitoring
  • Milk quality and component analysis
  • Ultrasonography
  • Ruminal methane measurement system
  • Continuous culture rumen simulation system (RUSITEC)
  • Tissue biopsy facilities

The Animal & Bioscience Department also maintains a comprehensive biobank of DNA, tissue and clinical samples from both research and commercial herds.