The Bioreactor suite is set up for work in Containment Level 1 only.

Initial contact

To discuss your work please contact James Mansfield, the facility technician who will advise on practical aspects of the work, what's technically possible, what you need to provide, when you can access the facility, how to book, and what training you will need.  Once an experiment is accepted, you will need to follow the steps outlined below.


Whether you work with GM organisms or non-genetically modified organisms, to benefit from the services of the Bioreactor suite, an existing Form Bio1 must be extended to cover the risks in the facility.

Please keep in mind that

  • Every user of the Bioreactor suite needs to be on the Biopersonnel Registration form for the project in question.
  • The modified risk assessment must be approved by the safety committee before work can begin in the Bioreactor suite.
  • It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to ensure that all health-and-safety paperwork is in order.

Access and Training

If James is going to do the work for you, you will need to provide him with:

  • Details of the media and the protocol for the fermentation
  • A culture for James to seed the fermentor.

If you plan to work in room 191 yourself, you will need to familiarize yourself with the relevant risks and be trained by James before starting your work.

James will record details of training on training sheets to cover use of every piece of equipment used.