What is BioArch?

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    S Block BiologyBioArch  is a joint venture between BIOlogy, ARchaeologyand CHemistry. The labs are based in the S Block of the Biology department, as our analytical work is conducted using facilities housed in the state of the art Technology Facility which shares three floors of the new £21.6M JIF funded building.
    The concept behind BioArch is to provide archaeologists with access to full supported analytical facilities. The BioArch building houses its own basic laboratories for research and teaching. These include a large 'clean' research laboratory, a soils/sectioning laboratory (also used for teaching), an HPLC laboratory (dedicated to amino acid analysis), an image analysis laboratory, a bone preparation laboratory, a balance room and a mass-spectrometry laboratory.


    Biology Entrance The BioArch CAT3 facility is based in Biology, but most of the members of BioArch can be seen scuttling between S Block and the main building next door on a regular basis. One reason is that they have better coffee (right hand side of the atrium), another they have lots of seminars, but the main reason is the Technology facility (on the left hand side of the atrium). The majority of the equipment in the Technology Facility is available for use by 'super-users' who, after initial training, are permitted to use the instrumentation by themselves. This is the usual route by members of BioArch, but the Technology Facility staff are always on hand to offer troubleshooting and advice. John Pillomore of the Technology Facility also helps to guide us towards ever improving Quality Assurance in our research methods. BioArch staff teach a 3rd year course in Biomolecular Archaeology to Biology students.


    Archaeology Archaeology is our 'home' department. The Kings Manor offers a quite haven for PhD students and a place for Matthew to hide from the rest of us! In addition we hold research meetings in the King's Manor with the ever growing number of archaeological scientists at York to ensure that links are maintained between BioArch and our home department Archaeology. We work closely with the members of the Centre for Human Palaeoecology based in the Kings Manor including Harry Kenward (insects), Allan Hall (plant macrofossils), James Barrett (Fishlab), Terry O'Connor (Zooarchaeology), Geoff Bailey (Zooarchaeology/Geoarchaeology), Nicky Milner (shellfish) and Kevin Walsh (geoarchaeology). Whilst Harry's, Allan's Terry's and James's labs are in the Kings Manor, Kevins' and Nicky's are in BioArch. BioArch staff teach a number of courses in Archaeolgy including Introduction to Archaeological Science, Death and Burial and Introduction to Biomolecular Archaeology.


    BioArch collaborates with Prof. Jane Thomas-Oates (protein mass-spectrometry) and Dr Brendan Keeley (peptide and lipid mass-spectrometry) both of whom work in the brand new Dorothy Hodgkin Building a £9M investment from the Science Research Investment Fund the heart of which is a central laboratory housing a battery of mass spectrometers. We don't (yet) conduct reserach in chemistry but both Brendan and Janes are currently involved in supervision and support of members of BioArch. Matthew teaches on the Analytical Forensic course in Chemistry.