STFC: COVID-19 rapid call for access to the Octopus facility

The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Central Laser Facility invites applications for its COVID-19 rapid call for access to the Octopus facility.

This enables researchers to use the Octopus imaging facility for research relevant to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19. The facility offers a comprehensive range of optical microscopy instruments and techniques including super-resolution, single molecule imaging and tracking, light sheet microscopy, Förster resonance energy transfer by fluorescence lifetime imaging (FRET-FLIM) and optical trapping and tweezers. It also offers a Zeiss crossbeam cryo focused ion beam-scanning electron microscope with slice and view capability.

To maintain social distancing, physical microscopy will be undertaken by expert staff with samples being sent to the facility. Communication with users before and during the experiments will be made by video link or telephone and remote access to the microscopy instruments will be available. Live virus work is not eligible and samples sent to the site must be tested and certified as non-infective in advance.

COVID-19 funding