Engineered Living Materials Laboratory implements biomimetic principles for the development of new materials and modification processes. It allows fabrication and characterization of “smart”, active, or multifunctional materials composed either entirely, or partly, of living cells. The laboratory is equipped with various growth chambers, which makes it possible to control microbial growth. An automated colony counter allows high throughput analysis of microbial colonies including differentiation by colour, size, and shape. The microplate reader can be used for cellular proliferation assays in fluorescence, luminescence, and UV-Vis. The stirred jacketed photobioreactor is suitable for growth of phototrophic organisms. It has a fully removable light module, which allows it to be used as a traditional fermenter/bioreactor.