The Roslin Institute



The Roslin Institute provides a variety of different resources including:


ARK-Genomics is a collaborative centre for functional genomics in farm animals (i.e. chickens, pigs, cattle and sheep). The centre's aim is to establish a UK network of scientists with an interest in farm animal genomics. The collaborative centre provides genomics resources and tools for research groups with a major focus on the function of genes with agricultural and biomedical importance.


The Bio-Imaging Facility provides imaging support in the form of highly specialised equipment, services and advice to all Vet School staff, students and external researchers. Training can be given on use of all Institute microscopy resources (including various image capture systems, widefield fluorescence and laser confocal) and cell sorting is provided as a service with a dedicated operator (using a BD FACS Aria). Contact Bob Fleming for more information.


Roslin Institute develops and maintains a number of publically available database systems. These include ArkDB, resSpecies, CaDBase and PigDBase.

National Avian Research Facility (NARF)

The National Avian Research Facility (NARF) mission is to improve bird health and welfare and in particular chickens through research of host-pathogen interactions, avian physiology, developmental biology and genetics, utilising state-of-the-art technologies to include transgenics and bioinformatics.

Founded in 2013, NARF is supported by the University of Edinburgh, BBSRC, Roslin Foundation and Wellcome Trust and provides the UK with a national resource for the study of avian biology, genetics, infection and disease. NARF is a partnership between The Roslin Institute and The Pirbright Institute both are National Institutes of Bioscience funded strategically by the BBSRC.

TSE Resource Centre

The TSE Resource Centre, funded by the BBSRC, was established in 1998 to collect, store, characterise, produce and distribute a range of reagents, from monoclonal antibodies to infective materials. The primary role of the Centre is to supply a range of specialised research reagents needed for TSE research.

Transgenic Chicken Facility

The Transgenic Chicken Facility produces and maintains new chicken lines for use in scientific research.

The Centre for Comparative Pathology

A new research centre in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the Centre for Comparative Pathology is a collaboration between many area different areas of the College including The Roslin Institute.