Competence fields

  • Bacteriology: The bacteriology provides cultural and molecular biological identification and characterisation of common pathogens mainly in samples from the pathology with evidence of bacteriological infection.
  • Electron Microscopy (TEM + SEM): The electron microscopy unit includes a field emission scanning electron microscope equipped with a sample chamber for variable pressure and a transmission electron microscope. For transmission EM negative staining, routine ultrathin sections as well as immuno-EM are available methods for investigations.
  • Histology: The histology lab processes paraffin embedded tissues and has a broad spectrum of routine staining methods as well as cryotome sections and immunohistochemistry (IHC). An automated IHC processing machine for up to 48 slides is available.
  • Immunology: Immunological analysis includes standard species neutral assays on wildlife such as total white blood cell counts from blood smears to new species neutral methods to assess the development of both the innate and acquired immune system of wildlife. Novel cell culture and proteomic approaches are being developed and applied to a range of wildlife species.
  • Parasitology
  • Pathology: Pathology investigations are exclusively on wildlife species including mammals, birds and reptiles from free-ranging and captive populations. After a full necropsy tissue samples are processed for histo-pathological examinations.
  • Toxicology
  • Virology: Virological examinations include standard virological methods and high throughput next generation methods such as virus microarrays and next generation sequencing. Viral evolutionary analysis is undertaken with modern, historical and ancient samples using dedicated ancient DNA facilities and methodology.