Centre for Genomic Research

The Centre for Genomic Research (CGR) conducts and enables world-class research. We are equipped with all major high-throughput next generation and third generation sequencing and array platforms.  We offer a wide range of applications, with complementary informatics and analytical processing of data. 

The facility

The Centre provides cost-effective access to the following cutting-edge technologies:

  • Illumina HiSeq 2500 and 4000
  • Illumina MiSeq
  • Life Technologies PGM Ion Torrent
  • Pacific Biosciences RS II
  • Affymetrix GeneChip® Scanner 3000 7G including the GeneChip® fluidics station and hybridisation oven
  • Agilent G2565CA Microarray Scanner including the Agilent SureHyb microarray hybridisation chamber and hybridisation oven
  • NanoString® nCounter®

We are a certified service provider for:

  • Illumina
  • Agilent SureSelect
  • NimbleGen SeqCap EZ

We also provide access to the following key capabilities:

  • DNA synthesis, protein expression and phenotyping, available through the GeneMill
  • Single cell genomics, including cell isolation based on sorting and dissection.

Our wide biological scope

Our projects span metagenomic studies, de novo genome sequencing, and transcriptomics. The Centre has a proven track record in a diverse range of biological disciplines. These range from plants, pathogens and animals to cancer genomics and human genetics.

Internationally renowned scientists provide strategic direction supported by laboratory and informatic services delivered by proficient and highly experienced specialists.


We work with academic and charitable organisations, and deliver a service to commercial clients. Our commitment to research excellence is reflected in our collaborations that have produced over 110 peer reviewed publications since 2008 and raised more than £50 million in research income since 2009.


The CGR is led by Professor Andrew Cossins, Professor Christiane Hertz-Fowler, Professor Stephen Paterson and Dr Alistair Darby. Kathryn Jackson manages the Centre.

The video below highlights the work carried out at the CGR on sequencing the large 16Gb genome of bread wheat using next generation sequencing techniques. This work was published in Nature and has major potential impacts in agricultural production.


For further information about the services available, please visit the CGR website or contact us.