The NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Sheffield

Molecular Ecology Laboratory - Sheffield

Our aim is to make state-of-the-art molecular genetics facilities and training available to the UK community in the science areas that fall under the remit of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Researchers do not need to be NERC funded to apply for Facility support.

We support a range of different studies and techniques and are able to provide training in various types of analyses. A main call on the Facility is for the development and application of genetic markers for use in studies of population genetics and behavioural ecology. Other studies we support include studies of diet, pollination networks and species diversity using a range of sample types including faecal samples and eDNA. The service is based on a well-proven arrangement, in which researchers visit the laboratory to complete their own analyses under the supervision of someone experienced in the required technology.

In most cases, the majority of the bench work will be carried out by visitors to the Facility under the supervision of Facility staff. Training will be provided, as appropriate. Facility staff will carry out those procedures that require a high level of training, such as the preparation of enriched microsatellite libraries or SNP-typing, and may complete some smaller projects in their entirety.

The NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Sheffield (NBAF-S) is situated within the Molecular Ecology Laboratory, itself part of the Evolution, Behaviour and Genomics Group, one of University of Sheffield's eight biological research themes. The group is part of the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences.

The NBAF-S is funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

If you would like any more details or wish to make informal enquiries regarding the feasibility of your application please email the Facility Manager Dr Deborah Dawson :

For details of how to apply for access to the Facility, please visit the national webpage : NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility central page