Osborne Lab UBC

our facilities

Life Sciences Institute

Located within the Life Sciences Institute, we enjoy the use of modern, spacious laboratory facilities, complete with views of Vancouver’s beautiful mountains. Comfortable lunch and meeting rooms allow us to mingle and collaborate with leading researchers from a wide variety of disciplines, and in the lecture halls downstairs, we can attend frequent seminars from experts visiting from around the world.

UBC Flow Cytometry Core

Flow cytometry is a key technique in immunology, and we are lucky to have access to the state-of-the-art UBC Flow Cytometry Core Facility. Utilizing the latest technologies, we can deeply phenotype immune populations to gain insights into how these cells maintain homeostasis in the gut and elsewhere.

Centre for Disease Modelling and Modified Barrier Facility

We have access to a variety of barrier and conventional animal facilities which allow us to explore interactions between the host and the diverse species which reside within us. Working with dedicated animal technicians to maximize animal welfare, we are investigating how various genetic and environmental factors in the gut influence health and disease.

UBC Gnotobiotic Animal Facility

To investigate the complex interactions between host and microbe, our lab has established the cutting edge UBC Gnotobiotic facility. Working with carefully housed germ-free animals, we take a reductionist approach to model systems which are critical to our health. Importantly, our scope extends beyond the bacterial microbiome, to interrogate how the poorly understood viruses, fungi, protists, and parasitic worms which reside in our gut influence the host.

Life Sciences Institute Imaging

When we need to take a closer look, we have access to a wide variety of imaging systems including light, epifluorescence, confocal, and advanced super-resolution microscopes. Using these instruments allows us to quantitatively explore cellular interactions within tissues, without the harsh digestions used in flow cytometry.