BioISI equipment that is used by several groups (internal, external, industry) is organised into shared facilities, run by service staff in a cost effective way. Up-to-date facilities constitute an important instrument to recruit the most talented young scientists and significantly contribute to advanced training: PhD, MSc students, workshops.
In 2015-2020, resources will be applied to maintain, update, and support BioISI facilities with expert staff, so that their usage can be applied to maximize expertise and technologies to solve specific biological problems.
The goals of BioISI facilities are:
1) Providing excellent services with state-of-the-art equipment, user support and appropriate computational infrastructure;
2) Turning BioISI into a key player in the creation and operation of the next generation of biological research infrastructures within ULisboa;
3) Making lab available to society initiative goals (FabLabs as proposed by the PRP-National Reform Plan for Portugal) by which citizens, companies, researchers and public institutions work together (in co-creation) to innovate faster and more effectively.
Current BioISI facilities cover the following areas:
- BioImaging: hosting fluorescence wide-field and confocal, electron microscopy and automated microscopy
- Physics: hosting several high-resolution techniques (SQUID magnetometry, Mössbauer spectroscopy, magneto-optic Kerr effect, atomic force microscopy, etc.)
- Computing (data management system): organized and run by BioISI jointly with other FCUL centres
- Other smaller facilities include: mammalian cell culture, plant house; NGS (at INSA)
BioISI Facilities Coordinator: Rui Malhó
BioISI Imaging Facilities: Telmo Nunes | Luís Marques