Our facilities

We are based at the University of Canberra, where we are fortunate to have a range of specialist facilities required for the development of eDNA tools and technologies. These facilities enable us to conduct controlled experiments and ensure the highest quality in data collection and analysis.

Trace DNA laboratory

We have a dedicated laboratory for trace DNA samples which is physically isolated from all other buildings and laboratories where DNA work is carried out. This facility is especially equipped to handle minute amounts of DNA while minimising potential contamination and enabling techniques to be carried out at ISO-17025 standard. Staff training and strict adherence to protocols enable our researchers to undertake genetic analyses of low-quantity DNA samples to the highest standards. Samples that can be handled include all types of trace DNA derived from sources such as faeces, soil, water, air as well as from historic samples such as those from museum specimens.

Trace DNA lab

Wildlife Genetics Laboratory

The Wildlife Genetics Laboratory allows researchers to undertake high quality DNA research using separate pre- and post- PCR space equipped for quantitative PCR work, DNA sequencing, genotyping, cloning, epigenetics, and state-of-the-art cytogenetic work.

eDNA Filtration Room

A dedicated room for filtration of water samples is available at the Animal House Facility. Water samples from the field are filtered here and placed in cold storage for subsequent eDNA analysis.

Filtration room

Environmental Research Precinct

The environmental research precinct includes animal holding facilities for a wide variety of species and an aquatic research facility consisting of mesocosms and flumes to provide a range of controlled freshwater environments.

E2R Facility, University of Canberra