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We believe pursuing research excellence requires the latest innovative technology across all disciplines. This is why we're investing in major new facilities to grow our broad collection of core research facilities.

The University of Sydney’s core research facilities provide access to high-end research infrastructure and offer a range of related services to assist researchers with specialist applications. The facilities are centralised, shared capabilities spanning multiple faculties and serve as focal points of research activity.

Our core facilities bring together a critical mass of researchers from diverse disciplines, and provide the means to better manage and sustain high-end research infrastructure to deliver quality research outcomes.

Our core facilities

Advanced Cytometry Facility

The Advanced Cytometry Facility (ACF) provides access to and training in cytometry and cell sorting techniques for researchers, scientists and clinicians from the University community, government research institutes and the health and medical industry. 

The facility was established in 2006 as a collaborative research facility for the Centenary Institute and the University of Sydney. The collaboration has resulted in the acquisition of several sophisticated instruments, which were either world firsts or firsts for Australasia-Oceania and the Southern Hemisphere. The latest acquisition is Australia’s first CyTOF Mass Cytometer. 

The ACF is committed to the development and transfer of cytometry expertise and techniques to answer questions in cell biology and biomedical research, applied clinical research and trials, and the clinical diagnosis of cancer and other health disorders.


  • Access to and training in cytometry instrumentation including analysers and cell sorters
  • Consultation services (experimental design, data acquisition, data analysis and interpretation)
  • Development of cytometry techniques and instrumentation

Key technology

Flow Cytometry Analysers

  • FACS Canto - 2 lasers, 8 parameters
  • FACS Verse, FACS Canto II - 3 lasers, 10 parameters,(with high throughput sampler)
  • LSRII - 5 lasers and 18 parameters (with high throughput sampler)
  • LSRII SORP - 10 lasers with 18 parameters (with high throughput sampler)
  • LSRFortessa – 5 lasers and 18 parameters


  • Pathway Bioimager (Image Cytometer)
  • AMNIS Image Stream 100 (Image Cytometer)
  • CyTOF2 (Mass Cytometer)

Cell sorters

  • BD FACS Aria (2 laser) and FACS Aria IIu (3 laser) cell sorters
  • BD FACS Jazz (2 laser) cell sorter
  • BD Influx 10 laser custom cell sorter
  • BD Influx 3 laser cell sorter (within PC3 Facility)


The facility charges user fees, depending on the type of user and the level of support and training required.

New users must register via PPMS and complete Biosafety documentation. A user meeting will be arranged to discuss the project and agree upon the research collaboration and appropriate training. Experiments can begin as soon as biosafety approval has been granted.


Professor Nick King
Core Facility Director
T: +61 2 9351 4553

Dr Adrian Smith
Technical Director
T: +61 2 8627 1828


The Advanced Cytometry Facility has two locations:

  • Level 1, Centenary Institute, Building 93 RPA Hospital on Missenden Road.
  • Level 5, the Hub, Charles Perkins Centre, on the Camperdown Campus.

Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis

The Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis is a cross-disciplinary research centre which explores physical and biological structures at the micro, nano and atomic scales.

The facility is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world, and our instrumentation and technical expertise is available for all researchers.

Find out more about the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis.

Informatics Core Facility

The Informatics Core Facility provides bioinformatics services, and from 2016 will provide additional software and services to support researchers working in a broad range of informatics disciplines across the university’s campuses.


  • Bioinformatics software and advice

Key technology

CLC Genomics

CLC Genomics Workbench is cross-platform desktop software that includes the following key applications:

  • Classical sequence analysis
  • Molecular biology tools
  • Whole genome sequence alignment, processing, visualisation and variant calling for DNA or RNA
  • ChIP-Seq analysis
  • Small RNA analysis
  • De novo assembly

The software is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms with a user interface accessible via Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.


While the University contributes to covering the full costs of the Informatics Core Facility, bioinformatics software and support are part funded through user subscriptions.

The Informatics Core Facility offers researchers a two-week free trial of bioinformatics services.

Researchers can then purchase a half-year subscription, which includes access to CLC Genomics as well as a range of other bioinformatics software, and access to advice and support from our Bioinformatics Technician.

Half-year single user subscription (Sep 2015 – Feb 2016): $750


This facility is available to University of Sydney and affiliated researchers (requires a Unikey). Researchers can book access to software and services using the Informatics Core Facility PPMS system.

Bookings are essential in order to use licence restricted software such as CLC Genomics.

Getting started

Please complete an account creation request

Staff and students from The University of Sydney and affiliated institutes can access the system with their Unikey. If your group is not already on the drop down menu, please follow the link and fill in the additional field to create a group. 

To avoid delays in processing your application, please complete all the fields, not just those marked as mandatory. Once your account has been approved you will be able to log into the system.

How to make a booking

  1. Login using your Unikey
  2. Select the item you would like to book from the ‘Book a system' drop down menu or go to the 'Book' page.
  3. Click and drag to select the time you require and click on the ‘Book’ button at the bottom. If you work on multiple projects with different funding sources, you have the option of changing the default project at the time of booking, to override the default account code in the group and ensure that any costs are billed to the appropriate grant.

Bookings can be synchronised with your personal calendar via the ics or iCal links located at various points in the software.


Cali Willet
Bioinformatics Technician


Available across all campuses.

Accessing other software

A range of other bioinformatics software is available on the University’s High Performance Computing (HPC) system.

Mass Spectrometry Core Facility

Services provided by the Mass Spectrometry Core Facility include a 'research hotel', and training and contract research services to domestic and international researchers.

The facility is housed in purpose-built laboratories in the new Charles Perkins Centre hub building in Camperdown, Sydney.

Find out more about the Mass Spectrometry Core Facility.

Preclinical (Small Animal) Imaging Core Facility

The University of Sydney's Preclinical (Small Animal) Core Facility supplements existing preclinical imaging facilities located across campus.

The Preclinical Imaging Core Facility space in the Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub has been specially designed to accommodate a wide range of imaging equipment and is located adjacent to animal facilities.


  • Expert advice and support for preclinical (small animal) imaging and analysis
  • Training
  • Facilitating access to external imaging facilities
  • Key technology
  • High field MRI (field strength TBC)
  • Combined microCT and optical imager
  • High resolution ultrasound


The facility will, subject to limitations around movement of laboratory animals to and from the CPC building, provide preclinical imaging services to internal and external researchers on a fee-for-service basis. Please contact the Core Facility Manager for details.


Dr Nana Sunn
Core Facility Manager
T +61 418 169 480


Basement 2, the Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub (Building D17).

Research and Prototype Foundry

A key activity in the field of nanoscience is the fabrication of new electronic, photonic, and mechanical devices small enough to access the exotic phenomena that arise on the nanoscale, so the Sydney Nanoscience Hub contains the high-precision Research and Prototype Foundry and cleanroom.

Find out more about the Research and Prototype Foundry.

Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility

The Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility houses the largest concentration of state-of-the-art Raman and FT-IR spectrometers in Australia. The instrumentation is available not only to the university community but also to government, not-for-profit organisations, industry and private companies.

Find out more about the Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility.

NCRIS facilities

National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)

The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) is a federal government initiative that provides funding for major research facilities, supporting infrastructure and networks to drive research excellence. NCRIS builds collaborations between researchers, government and industry to deliver practical outcomes to complex issues challenging our society.

The University of Sydney is involved in the following NCRIS facilities:

Simon Ringer

Director, Australian Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST) and, Director, Core Research Facilities
+61 2 8627 4088
Room 4026 Sydney Nanoscience Hub A31

Isabel Prone

Operations Manager, Core Research Facilities
+61 2 8627 8118
Level 6 Jane Foss Russell Building G02

Contact the research team

+61 2 8627 8111

Level 6, Jane Foss Russell Building
University of Sydney NSW 2006


View a full list of research contacts

Core facilities services and pricing

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