Services – lab, tech and analysis

The premises and equipment of the Department of Biology are modern and have almost everything a biologist needs, from molecular laboratories, electron and confocal microscopes to a field station, and wind tunnels. A great deal of this is available for external users.

Four 3D models of wax models. Photo.
3D models of wax models of echinoderm larvae.
3D models of old wax models of echinoderm larvae.

Here we give a short description of our services and laboratories. You find more extensive descriptions of our infrastructures, contact persons, and what we may help you with, in Lund University's research portal.

In the 3D Lab, we deal with different technologies for quantifying, analysing and visualising 3D complex phenotypes of both extant and extinct (fossils) organisms. Our focus is on applications in the field of ecology, evolution, and paleontology. However, our technology can be used in a broader range of applications such as medicine, anthropology, archaeology, geology, cultural heritage, engineering, and design. In Lund University's research portal you find a more detailed description of our 3D laboratory.

We offer services for DNA and cDNA (RNA-Seq) sequencing. Our unit has instruments and resources for traditional Sanger Sequencing (ABI 3500) but also for the so-called Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) based on the Illumina MiSeq platform. We also offer expertise, consultation, and discussion around the design of experiments, the construction of sequencing libraries as well as support in data processing and bioinformatic strategies. In Lund University's research portal you find a more detailed description of our DNA sequencing facility.

We monitor the development of new technologies and devices for the commercial market and identifies components that might be interesting for research in biology. We have facilities to develop prototypes and to modify or develop equipment suitable for different research projects. The main areas of activity are sensor systems, radio tracking, radar technology, GPS, signal processing, energy harvesting and optical tracking methods. In Lund University's research portal you find a more detailed description of our Electronics lab.

The Department of Biology has one field station, Stensoffa at Reveingehed in Skåne. In Lund University's research portal you find a more detailed description of our field station Stensoffa.

We have cultivation facilities both outside and inside our well-equipped greenhouses. In Lund University's research portal you find a more detailed description of our greenhouses.

Lund Protein Production Platform, LP3, is a cross-faculty facility for protein production and isolation. LP3 aims to provide a high-quality recombinant protein production service, as close to cost price as possible. The Crystallization facility is a part of LP3 and helps users to carry out robot-assisted crystallization experiments and to produce crystals suitable for data collection. In Lund University's research portal you find a more detailed description of the Lund Protein-Production Platform.

The Lund Wind Tunnel is a low-speed low-turbulence wind tunnel specifically designed for studying bird flight, although we also study bat flight and insect flight. Some of the special features of the wind tunnel are that there is an opening between the test section and the bellmouth, so we can have quick and easy access to the flying animal. In Lund University's research portal you find a more detailed description of the Lund Wind Tunnel.

The Department of Biology has three electron microscopes and one confocal microscopy at our microscope facility. The primary use of confocal microscopy is optical sectioning of different types of specimens, with the capacity of simultaneous detection of multiple fluorescent markers. You can also use confocal microscopy to visualise surfaces. With electron microscopy, you look either at sections or surfaces in high-resolution. In Lund University's research portal you find a more detailed description of our microscopy facility.

The National Research Infrastructure Sweden is providing bioinformatics support to life science researchers in Sweden. In Lund University's research portal you find a more detailed description of our part of the National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden.