Manchester Fly Facility

Supporting Drosophila research


What we offer

Find out more about the Fly Facility.

The Manchester Fly Facility was set up with funding from the Wellcome Trust and The University of Manchester. We support scientific research using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster – the genetic model organism behind 10 Nobel laureates in physiology and medicine.

Drosophila research is applicable to a vast range of research areas, including many aspects of biomedical science, evolutionary biology, work on pest control, malaria or bioinformatics.

Don’t feel daunted to use Drosophila as a versatile model system to test your ideas! We will help you kick-start your own fly research by supporting you with:





The facility is fully equipped to support fly husbandry and genetics, we order stocks and materials, we advise on and help with fly-specific issues.

Drawing of a fruit fly, viewed from above.


We developed and apply a widely used training package introducing the essentials of Drosophila genetics; training is available also for groups.

Sanjai Patel in the lab


The University of Manchester is home to a large and diverse Drosophila research community with expertise on a wide range of different biological topics.

Meeting people at an outreach event


We drive a comprehensive science communication, science education and advocacy initiative and provide helpful resources for your publications, presentations, teaching and outreach work.