The Lab

The South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London

The lab is part of the Department of Life Sciences of Imperial College London, located on the South Kensington Campus, in the heart of London. Next door to us are the Natural History Museum, the V&A Museum, the Science Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, and Hyde Park. If you want to come and see us, find detailed directions here.

The campus hosts the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineer, as well as the Business School. Some of Medicine is here too. The environment is extremely multidisciplinary. Campus is also equipped with a modern gym, a library, a nursery and several restaurants.

  • The old Imperial Institute, now known as Imperial College London.
  • The Faculty building in campus, also known as the blue cube.
  • Hyde Park is 5 minutes walk from us.
  • Entrance to the Sir Ernst Chain Building, where our lab is located.
  • The Natural History Museum, a cathedral of Science, is next door.
  • Ethos, the in-campus sport centre. Features a gym, a pool and a SPA.
  • Entrance to the Campus from the Royal School of Mines.
  • A map of the South Kensington Campus and its sourraundings

Our laboratory

The lab is divided into four adjacent areas: office space, the wet lab, the fly room and the hackspace. We also have access to cell cultures, an imaging facility (FILM), electrophysiology rigs. All lab space is open and shared with other groups. The wet lab is shared with the groups of the Anaesthesia, Sleep and Pain Research theme. The fly room is shared with the other fly groups in South Kensington. The hackspace is next door to the flyroom and, while it has been set up by our group, we are happy to share its facilities with everyone in the Department. We also have an isolated behavioral room (dark room); 20+ fly incubators and almost 100 ethoscopes (numbers are growing by the month!). The open environment begs for interaction among groups: we have a common coffee room shared within the research theme and a larger senior common room for seminars (with view on the Royal Albert Hall!). Every week, besides our own lab meetings and journal clubs, we also meet with the other neuroscientists in the Department of with the rest of the fly community either for a social hour or a seminar.

  • The flyroom
  • We have four 3D printers in the hackspace. They work a lot.
  • The hackspace soldiering bench
  • Another view of the hackspace
  • Taking some video in the hackspace
  • Discussion pods are everywhere in the building, used to chat or to relax
  • The wetlab
  • A big ethoscope experiment being setup
  • The office space

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