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Bruker BioSpec Avance III 94/20 Preclinical MRI

The MRI facility at the UNSW’s BRIL is one of the most powerful small-animal MRIs in Australia and is able to provide users with state-of-the-art small animal and sample imaging, and MRI biomarker assessment. As part of the National Imaging Facility the scanner can be accessed by researchers from institutions from all over the country.

Bruker Catalyst AFM


The Bruker BioScope Catalyst™ Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) system can provide high resolution (nm) topographical data of biological systems such as living cells. The instrument works in tandem with an inverted optical microscope, which is also capable of fluorescence microscopy and has a heated stage for live cell imaging.

Bruker D8 Venture

The Bruker D8 Venture is the centre-piece of the Structural Biology Facilty.


Bruker Multimode 8


The Bruker MultiMode® 8 (MM8) is an advanced atomic force microscope (AFM) and Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM). Its PeakForce Tapping technology enables exceedingly low tip-sample force interactions compared to tapping mode, making it particularly useful for delicate samples by allowing the user to control the maximal force imparted to the sample. The MM8 also features the Bruker ScanAsyst® software, automating the optimisation of scanning parameters for users to obtain quality images.

Cell Sorter

The BD FACSAria™ III cell sorter is equipped with 5 excitation lasers (blue 488nm, red 642nm and violet 405nm + Yellow Green 561nm and True Blue 442nm) and can detect up to 17 parameters (15 fluorescence channels plus forward scatter and side scatter).

Cell Sorter

The BD FACSMelody™ Cell Sorter with a 2 laser system (488nm and 561nm) with 7 fluorescent detectors and 2 way sorting it is a simple and easy to use sorter. With BD FACSChorus™ Software, the entire cell sorting process is designed to eliminate manual steps, making cell sorting easy to learn, and the BD FACSMelody Sorter easy to use.

Cell Sorter

The BD Influx™ cell sorter is equipped with five excitation lasers (ultraviolet 355nm, violet 405nm, blue 488nm, yellow/green 561nm and red 642nm) and has a flexible detection configuration with a number of filter set options, detecting up to 24 parameters (21 fluorescence channels, two forward scatter channels and one side scatter).


The ALS CellCelector is a freely configurable tool for the automated transfer of single cells and cell colonies. The patented harvest process allows a gentle cell uptake directly from the culture plate without pre-treatment. Using this technology, highest survival rate and cell integrity are guaranteed. Our new developed laminar flow cabinet allows you to work permanently under sterilizable and defined environmental conditions (temperature, CO2). A controlled cell harvest has an increasing importance for the applications of the rapidly expanding life science sector.

Chemicon Advanced Tissue Arrayer

Specimen Preperation

Chemicon Advanced Tissue Arrayer ATA100 allows you to create customized arrays of multiple tissue specimens on a single histologic slide. This instrument allows to selectively remove core tissue samples from paraffin blocks and arrange those tissue samples into an array within a recipient paraffin block. The newly formed tissue array paraffin block is then ready for further histology technique processing.

Computer Processing Room


Ten PC's available for training and off-line processing.


Deformability Cytometer

The AcCellerator is a high-speed imaging cytometer for mechanical cell characterization through real-time deformability cytometry measurements.

Dynamic Light Scatter (DLS)

The Zetasizer Nano ZS is a high performance two angle particle and molecular size analyser for the enhanced detection of aggregates and measurement of small or dilute samples, and samples at very low or high concentration using dynamic light scattering with ‘NIBS’ optics. The ZSP also incorporates a zeta potential analyzer that uses electrophoretic light scattering for particles, molecules and surfaces, and a molecular weight analyzer using static light scattering.

Dynamic Light Scatter (DLS)

The NanoSight NS300 utilizes the latest version of NanoSight’s particle characterization technology, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA). This elegant new instrument offers the unique benefits scientists have come to expect from NanoSight in a compact format, with the major benefit of enhanced fluorescence capability.

EasyGel And SmartClear II

Clearing Specimen Preperation

EasyGel is a system designed for speeding the process of producing tissue-gel-hybridization samples. The SmartClear II system is a commercial instrument that allow fast, easy and reliable tissue clearing of tissue-gel-hybridization samples. The system uses stochastic electrotransport technology to remove lipids from tissue-gel-hybridization samples, thereby producing optically transparent samples. Samples that have been optically cleared with the SmartClear II system can be imaged by a number of light microscopy techniques such as confocal and lightsheet. 

EchoMRI Body Composition Analyzer

The EchoMRI-900 uses the principle of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to 
measure the fat, lean, free water and total water mass of a mouse or rat.