UK Centre for Astrobiology

Underground Astrobiology Lab

Deep subsurface astrobiology laboratory

The UKCA established and runs an underground laboratory in collaboration with the STFC Underground Science Facility at Boulby. BISAL (Boulby International Subsurface Astrobiology Laboratory) can be used for a wide diversity of experiments and studies including below background radiation, deep subsurface microbiology and instrument testing.

The laboratory is at 1 km depth. It is part of the STFC-supported Boulby Underground Science Facility in which Dark Matter research and other science is caried out.

The laboratory has basic microbiology facilities including:

  • laminar flow hood
  • autoclave
  • plate readers
  • incubators
  • pipettes
  • spectrophotometer
  • basic consumables

Replica equipment is also available in our surface lab.


The Boulby International Subsurface Astrobiology Labortaory (BISAL)