Shared amenities and services

To maximise research team interaction and support collaboration, the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute’s (IHMRI) international-standard biomedical laboratories are designed around the principle of shared amenities and services.

Built to PC2 specifications with abundant natural light, the laboratories occupy levels two and three of IHMRI’s building, providing in excess of 1,200 square metres of wet laboratory and specialist equipment room space.

IHMRI researchers are supported by a highly-skilled Technical Services team who manage the day-to-day operations of the laboratories and provide a range of specialist technical support and training.

Please note, all laboratory research areas require an induction prior to access. IHMRI affiliated researchers who have been inducted can access safety procedures and equipment operating instructions on IHMRI’s Intranet (login required).


  • Six large open-plan laboratory modules
  • Primary and established tissue culture areas
  • Dedicated bacterial culture area
  • Two large common equipment areas
  • Two darkrooms
  • Two cold rooms; each incorporating storage and work areas
  • Four constant temperature rooms
  • Four microscopy rooms
  • Advanced flow cytometry facility
  • Dedicated, restricted-access medium level radiation work area
  • -80 degree freezer holding rooms
  • Two cryogenic storage rooms
  • Two laboratories with Biosecurity Containment Level 1 (BC 1) certification
  • Reticulated gas and vacuum throughout the building
  • Reticulated distilled and Milli-Q water supply to laboratory modules.
IHMRI is located in Building 32 at the University of Wollongong's Wollongong campus.
IHMRI is based in Building 32 at the Wollongong campus of the University of Wollongong.
Laboratory in IHMRI's building at the University of Wollongong.
Laboratory in IHMRI's building at the University of Wollongong.


Our laboratories contain the very latest in scientific and medical research equipment. Major equipment is listed below by category. Click on the category name to see items.

1 x Liquid handling workstation (Hamilton STAR 60)

4 x Biosafety cabinets (Class II)
1 x Cell density meter (Biochrom, C08000)
1 x CO2 incubator (NuAir)
1 x Gene pulser (Bio-Rad)
Miscellaneous orbital shakers and incubators

1 x Cell analyzer (Roche, RTCA DP Xcelligence)

1 x Eppendorf (5810R)
1 x Heraeus (Fresco 21)
1 x Heraeus (Labofuge 400R)
2 x Heraeus (Megafuge 1.0R)
1 x Heraeus (Biofuge Primo)
3 x Heraeus (Multifuge X3R)
1 x Heraeus (Multifuge X1R)
2 x Sorvall (RC 6+)
1 x Sorvall (MTX150)

4 x Biosafety cabinets (Class II)
1 x Cell density meter (Biochrom, C08000)
1 x CO2 incubator (NuAir)
1 x Gene pulser (Bio-Rad)
Miscellaneous orbital shakers and incubators

4 x Constant temperature rooms
2 x Cold rooms

2 x HPLC (Waters)
2 x MPLC (Bio-Rad, NGC Quest 10)

1 x Film processor (AGFA, CP1000)
2 x Silver recovery units
2 x Dark room facilities

1 x Molecular Imager (Carestream, Gel Logic 2200 PRO)
1 x Molecular Imager (Carestream, Gel Logic 212 PRO)
1 x Molecular Imager (Amersham, Imager 600)
2 x Cell Imagers (Essen Bioscience, IncuCyte ZOOM and BioTek, Lionheart FX)

1 x Automated Vacuum Tissue Processor (Leica, ASP 2005)
2 x Cryostats (Leica, CM1950)
1 x Cryostat (ThermoFisher, Cryotome E)
1 x Freeze Dryer (Christ, ALPHA 1-2 LD plus)
1 x Linear Stainer (Leica, ST4020)
1 x Rotary Microtome (Leica, RM2255)
1 x Paraffin Embedding Station (Leica, EG1150H)

1 x Analytical balance (Mettler Toledo, XS105DU)
7 x Fumehoods (Conditionaire, Safe-tee Series 2000)
2 x Glassware dishwashers (Miele)
2 x Glassware drying ovens
1 x Label printer (Zebra, GK420t)
2 x Ice machines
8 x Vacuum pumps (Welch)
1 x Vacuum pump (Vacuubrand)
Reticulated gas (carbon dioxide, nitrogen and argon)
Miscellaneous fridges and freezers
Miscellaneous incubators, rockers and shakers
Miscellaneous microscopes
Miscellaneous microwaves
Miscellaneous water baths

1 x BD Accuri C6 (equipped with 2 lasers)
1 x BD LSR-II (equipped with 3 lasers)
1 x BD LSR Fortessa X-20 (equipped with 4 lasers, FACSFlow System and High Throughput Sampler (HTS))
1 x Cell Sorter (Bio-Rad, S3)

1 x GC-MS (Agilent, Triple Quadrupole 7000A)
1 x LC-MS (ThermoFisher, LCQ Fleet)
Access to many other leading-edge MS and NMR machines via the School of Chemistry

1 x Confocal Microscope (Leica, TCS SP5 Advanced System – UV-VIS-IR and X1-Port Access with SMD FCS and CO2 incubation chamber)
1 x Confocal Microscope (Leica, TCS SP8 with Tandem Scanner 12 kHz, VISIR scan optic with rotation, two Internal Detector Channels (PMT) and one HyD, equipped with four lasers: laser 405 nm DMOD Compact; blue 488 nm, green 552 nm, and red 638 nm)
1 x Fluorescence Microscope (Nikon, TE2000-E with cell incubator chamber)
1 x Fluorescence Microscope (Leica, DMi8 with cell incubation chamber, external light source EL6000, filter cubes: DAPI, FITC, Texas Red)
1 x Electrophysiology Microscope (Leica)
1 x Microscope camera (Moticam 2000)
1 x Microscope camera (Leica, DM750 with ICC50)
Various basic microscopes

1 x FlexStation 3 (Molecular Devices)
1 x FLUOstar Optima (BMG LABTECH)
2 x POLARstar Omega (BMG LABTECH)
1 x SpectraMax 384 Plus (Molecular Devices)

1 x Electrophoresis Bioanalyser (Agilent, 2100)
1 x Isothermal Titration Calorimeter (TA Instruments, Nano-ITC)
1 x Particle Analyser (Malvern, Zetasizer APS)
1 x Particle Analyser (Nanosight, LM10)
1 x Spectrophotometer (ThermoFisher, NanoDrop 2000c)

9 x Biosafety cabinets (Class II, various)
1 x Cytotoxic cabinet (Safemate, 1.2 Cyto) 1 x Laminar flow cabinet (Purair) 12 x CO2 incubator (HERAcell) 4 x CO2/O2 incubator (HERAcell)
2 x Liquid nitrogen storage dewars
2 x Liquid nitrogen dispensing dewars
1 x Liquid nitrogen vapour storage vessel (Capacity – 33,684 samples)
1 x Electrical Stimulator (Global BioTech, ISO-Flex Isolator and Master-9 pulse stimulator

3 x PCR (Eppendorf, Mastercycler Pro S)
1 x RT-PCR (Roche, LightCycler 480 II)

1 x Freeze Dryer (Christ, ALPHA 1-2 LD plus)
1 x Homogeniser (Avestin, C5)
2 x Sonicators (Branson, 250)
1 x Cell Harvester (Perkin Elmer, FilterMate)

1 x Beta Counter (Perkin Elmer, Tri-Carb 2810 TR)
1 x Contamination monitor (Mini Instruments, 900 series with EP15 probe)
1 x Contamination monitor (ThermoFisher, RadEye B20-ER)
1 x Gamma Counter (Perkin Elmer, Wallac 1480)
1 x Fume hood (Conditionaire, Safe-tee Series 2000)
Purpose-built radiation room (medium level)

2 x Autoclaves (PC2) (Getinge, H5 5510 EC1)
1 x Autoclave (PC3) (Getinge, GE 6610 ERC-2)

6 x -80C freezers (Forma, 900 series)
2 x -80C freezers (Forma, TSU700 series)
1 x Freezer Monitoring System (Testo, Saveris)

4 x Milli-Q water pods (Millipore, Advantage A10)


Technical Services Manager

Linda Deitch 

T: +61 2 4221 8146



Senior Technical Officer

Katie Cicero 

T: +61 2 4221 3089



Senior Technical Officer

Clare Atkinson 

T: +61 2 4221 5418


Senior Technical Officer (Microscopy and Flow Cytometry)

Dr Nadia Suarez-Bosche 

T: +61 2 4221 3128


Technical Officer

Tanya Levchenko 

T: +61 2 4298 1531


Technical Officer

Reece Gately

T: +61 2 4239 2226