The Institute of Aquaculture’s fish keeping facilities are supported by the Stirling Laboratory & Analytical Facilities. A total of 1,254m2 of laboratory space is available and distributed between 3 main research areas: Aquaculture Breeding & Nutrition, Aquaculture Health and Aquaculture Environment. Available resources include fluorescent and confocal microscopy, histology, culture facilities for viruses and bacteria, preparation of test vaccines including recombinants, monoclonal antibody screening, serology, in-situ hybridization, image analysis, state of the art molecular labs routinely used for genotyping and gene expression and associated bioinformatics. Other analytical facilities include High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), gas and thin-layer chromatography (GC, TLC), GC mass spectrometry (GC-MS), LC-MS/MS, MALDI-ToF MS, high resolution densitometry, feed preparation, CHSNc analysis, flow cytometry and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP- MS).

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Confocal microscope
Virology laboratory
qPCR room
Molecular Lab
Histology Slide Scanner
Bacteriology lab
Bacteriology lab safety cabinet
Maldi-Tof Mass Specrometer
HPLC lab
Gas Chromatography Lab (1)
Gas Chromatography Lab (2)
Cell Culture Cabinets
Histology Lab microtomes
Histology wax embedding system
Cytoflex Flow Cytometer

Available services

The following laboratory and analytical services can be selected when applying for access to the Institute of aquaculture through the ARIA application system (in alphabetic order):

Absorbance and Fluorescence Spectrometry
Biochemical analysis
Cell culture
Cell-free Expression
Culture facilities for bacteria
Culture facilities for viruses
Data analytic
Diagnostic labs
Flow Cytometry
Genotyping and gene expression
In-situ hybridization
In-Vivo Modelling
Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry
Labelling Mass Spectrometry
Light microscopy
Mammalian expression
Marine Models
Molecular labs
Native Mass Spectrometry
Preparation of test vaccines
Proteomic Mass Spectrometry
System Biology Modelling
Virus purification
Yeast expression