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About the Centre

About the Centre

The King's Genomics Centre is based in the Franklin-Wilkins Building at the Waterloo Campus. The centre offers facilities and services for high throughput genomics research with a focus on gene expression profiling using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies:

  • Illumina NGS library preparation and sequencing
  • Bulk RNAseq
  • Single-Cell/Ultra-low input RNAseq (10X Chromium available in Feb 2019)
  • Open-access equipment
  • High throughput data analysis software and bioinformatics support

See here for details on the services and open-access equipment we offer.

Please note that the BRC Genomics Facility is a separate laboratory; we have no jurisdiction over it. 

History of the Centre

The Genomics Centre began life in July 2003. It originated as a collaborative cross-School facility between the Schools of Health and Life Sciences and Biomedical Sciences. The Centre was set-up in recognition of the profound effect of genome sequencing on biology and medicine, to enable scientists to perform functional genomics studies including gene expression analysis by microarray screening and quantitative PCR, and genetic analysis (sequencing and genotyping). Since 2016, the centre has followed the current trend and turned its focus from microarray screening to NGS methods. The success of the NGS service led to a recently established small purpose-built laboratory dedicated for this work.

The initial purchase of the laboratory equipment was funded by a SRIF grant, totalling approx. £1 million. Since its opening the Centre has underpinned research funding of approximately £60 million.

Management of the Centre

In 2017, the Centre came under the jurisdiction of Professional Services and is now managed by the Research Management & Innovation Directorate (RMID). 

The scientific direction for the Centre comes from the Genomics Centre Steering Committee while the activities of this group of core research facilities are overseen by the Analytical Platforms Strategic Management Board.

All projects are managed by Dr Han Lu.

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