Newcastle University

Newcastle University (Officially, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne) is a public research university located in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North-East of England. The university can trace its origins to a School of Medicine and Surgery (later the College of Medicine), established in 1834, and to the College of Physical Science (later renamed Armstrong College), founded in 1871. These two colleges came to form one division of the federal University of Durham, with the Durham Colleges forming the other. The Newcastle colleges merged to form King's College in 1937. In 1963, following an Act of Parliament, King's College became the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy

The CSBB is based on world-class expertise across all Newcastle University's faculties - Medical Sciences, Science, Agriculture and Engineering and Humanities Arts and Social Sciences. The centre has world-leading expertise in core synthetic biology disciplines (computing science, bioinformatics, Bio CAD/CAM, engineering, responsible innovation (ELSI, ELSA, etc.) and cell biology, as well as computational and model-based design of synthetic systems and development of synthetic bacterial systems

Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology

The Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology (CBCB) is the world’s first major research centre with a focus on bacterial cells. Their work provides scientific insights crucial for the discovery and development of new antibiotics, as well as providing solutions to a huge range of industrial and environmental problems

Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS)

ICOS carries out research at the interface of computing science and complex biological systems. They aim to create the next generation of algorithms that provide innovative solutions. The problems they focus on are in natural complex systems and synthetic ones. This ranges from biology, chemistry and physics, to biological engineering, health care, and software engineering.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is a UK Research Council and NDPB and is the largest UK public funder of non-medical bioscience. It predominantly funds scientific research institutes and university research departments in the UK.

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is a biomedical research charity based in London, United Kingdom. It was established in 1936 with legacies from the pharmaceutical magnate Sir Henry Wellcome to fund research to improve human and animal health.

The Society For Experimental Biology

The Society for Experimental Biology is a learned society that was established in 1923 at Birkbeck College in London to "promote the art and science of experimental biology in all its branches". The society has an international membership of approximately 2500, covering both plant and animal science from the cell to the environment..

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT)

IDT is the largest manufacturer of custom oligo products in the US today. They became the industry leader in this competitive field by maintaining the highest standards of quality, service, and technical know-how. IDT manufactures oligos using chemical DNA synthesis machines designed and built in-house. They have refined the process to the point where they can receive an order as late as 1:00pm and have the desired oligo in the researcher's hands the next morning. Their customers range from small university labs of only a few scientists to global pharmaceutical companies, and everything in between

Proto-Pic is owned and operated by RelChron Limited which was founded in 2006. They started the company to develop a product for the Oil Industry, a HydroStatic Pressure Testing System, which is still in wide use today. During the development of this system, they accrued a whole pile of electronic goodies that they decided to sell on ebay to recoup some of the money they had spent. The items sold so fast they realised that there was a real need in the UK to buy electronics at good prices. Proto-Pic very kindly provided the touchscreen for the Raspberry Pi-based information device that accompanies our breadboard.


In late 2015, Sigma-Aldrich joined forces with Merck Millipore. Their combined organization, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the United States and Canada, is the life science business of Merck – and a global leader in the $125 billion life science industry. Their shared purpose is to solve the toughest problems in life science by collaborating with the global scientific community. Together, they offer a broad portfolio of more than 300,000 products, including many of the most highly respected brands in the industry. Sigma-Aldrich very kindly donated the gold nanoparticles we used during our early bacterial heating experiments.


Goodfellow was established in the City of London in 1946. The Company now has associate operations in France, Germany, America and China. The Group's research laboratories, production and workshop facilities, and central administration are located in Huntingdon, England. Goodfellow gave us a very generous discount on the platinum wire we needed for use as electrodes in our microfluidic devices.

BMG Labtech

BMG LABTECH has been committed to producing microplate readers for more than twenty years. By focusing on the needs of the scientific community, the company’s innovative microplate readers have earned the company the reputation of being a technology leader in the field. BMG LABTECH has developed a wide range of dedicated and multi-mode microplate readers for life sciences applications and high-throughput screening. They very kindly lent us a plate reader for measuring GFP fluorescence while heating bacterial samples, as well as giving us the time of their staff to instruct us on its use.