The Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) strives to become a centre of research and educational excellence. To this end, QBRI is committed to establish state-of-the-art core facilities and acquire technology platforms that will be equipped with cutting-edge technologies to meet the needs of in-depth study of complex biological systems.
The Qatar Biomedical Research Institute's new wing in the R&D complex will offer specialized core facilities and platform technologies with trained staff whose prime function is to conduct and support high-quality state-of-the-art biomedical research within QBRI and other institutions in Qatar.
QBRI will establish and house 6 core facilities that will provide cutting-edge research resources and services, enabling cutting-edge research projects and facilitating advancement in diagnosing and treatment of human diseases. A significant portion of QBRI new wing labs advanced equipment is under order and a limited number has been delivered to its current, temporary laboratory facility. Additionally, a set of high-end instruments are under consideration for acquisition to complement and maintain technological capabilities.
These technology platforms and core facilities are instrumental for the Research and Development activities
within our research community through the support of applications for external research funding and project consultation in collaborative relationships. As the health and research needs of the Qatari society and biomedical research community evolve over time, the cores and facilities will periodically evaluate the technology and resource needs of researchers in order to stimulate the growth of new scientific areas and development of novel technologies. In addition, the facilities will offer comprehensive training
All facilities will be operated by dedicated personnel, and administered by Ph.D. science managers with extensive experience and proven track record in the area of development and/or application of the relevant technologies. QBRI also aims to work towards the Qatar national strategic goal of capacity building through competitive recruitment of young scientists and well-established faculty members. QBRI will stimulate career development of young international and local Qatari researchers.
This platform supports a wide range of cellular and molecular biology research, and also serves as vector viral production facility containing all necessary biosafety measures.
A virtual tour of the Genomics and Biophysics facility can be seen here
Advanced Microscopy & Imaging
This core offers state-of-the-art equipment for microscopic imaging at cell and tissue level, including time-lapse fluorescent microscopy and confocal microscopy.
The core also facilitates access to other centralized QF R&D specialized imaging equipment such as scanning and transmission electron microscopes.
This core will provide instrumentation and expertise in quantitative, high-speed, and multi-parameter fluorescence analysis as well as single cell analysis and cell sorting.
This core contains four units with high-end instrumentation for real time RT-PCR, Sanger sequencing, Genotyping and Molecular Karyotyping and Massively Parallel Sequencing. The facility also supports researchers with Next Generation Sequencing, high-throughput genotyping, digital PCR, gene expression, and single-cell genomics.
This core is easily distinguished as the only one of its kind in the entire region. This outstanding facility has expertise in the generation of human and non-human, primate-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to validate karyotype and pluripotency characterization. Genome editing services and directed differentiation of iPSCs to pancreatic progenitors/beta cells and cortical neurons are also offered.
Protein Biophysics and
This core will provide access to advanced equipment for the purification, identification and characterisation of proteins. Specialized technology will enable protein studies on structure and refolding, aggregation, and biomolecular and macromolecular interactions.