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 Faculties of Natural Sciences and Engineering, as well as the Business School. Some of Medicine is here too. The environment is extremely multidisciplinary. The campus is also equipped with a modern gym, a library, a nursery, and several restaurants.
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 (darkroom); 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 a view of the Royal Albert Hall!). Every week, besides our own lab meetings and journal clubs, we also meet with the other neuroscientists in the Department with the rest of the fly community either for a social hour or a seminar.