Researchers in the CCB have access to a variety of state of the art equipment located in both the Department of Biochemistry and in the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES) and other research sites across NUI Galway. Expert training and guidance is provided to all new users. The centre’s research facilities include advanced microscopy, flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, cell culture and fermentation suites.


  • Confocal microscopes
  • Scanning Electron Microscope with EDX
  • Transmission Electron Microscope
  • Scanning probe Atomic Force Microscope

Flow cytometry

Analysis and cell sorting capabilities using FACS ARIA II, FACS ARIA-I, FACScalibur and FACSCanto II

Mass spectrometry

The mass spectrometry system managed by NCBES consists of GCT and QTOF high-resolution mass spectrometers. This state of the art facility offers the ability to obtain high resolution mass spectral data by GC-MS, LC-MS, direct infusion or by direct insertion of a solid sample.

Cell culture and Fermentation

A number of modern cell culture suites rated at safety class I and II are located in the centre.

A fermentation facility in the Department of Biochemistry provides the capability for continuous growth and large batch production of biomass.