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Wales Gene Park Genomic Facility

The Illumina NovaSeq 6000 is a production-scale sequencing platform.
Illumina NovaSeq 6000 – a production-scale sequencing platform.

Harnessing genetics to advance research, healthcare, education and innovation.

We provide bespoke sequencing and bioinformatic analysis to biomedical research scientists throughout Wales.

High-throughput DNA and RNA sequencing, also known as next-generation sequencing (NGS), is routinely used for a range of applications in modern genetic and biomedical research.

Wales Gene Park’s flexible, bespoke approach helps researchers access high-throughput sequencing technology and associated bioinformatic analysis for biomedical research in Wales. Our team of experienced post-doctoral and technical staff works with academic and non-academic colleagues, providing expert advice and support to suit the needs of each research project, from project design through to tertiary analysis.

We ensure that access to these technologies is at a reasonable cost, to encourage effective uptake of this fundamental technology.

Technical facilities

Genome-scale next-generation sequencing

The Wales Gene Park (WPG) Genomic Facility is located in the Sir Geraint Evans Cardiovascular Research Building at our Heath Park campus, and offers access to NGS equipment within Cardiff University and the NHS All Wales Medical Genomics Service. Through these flexible working arrangements, we are able to provide access to several NGS platforms:

  • Illumina MiSeq
  • Illumina NextSeq
  • Illumina NovaSeq

Bioinformatics team

Working closely with the sequencing lab, our small team of bioinformaticians can help you to curate information from raw data, enabling you to achieve insight from your experiments. Our goal is to ensure genomic big data is properly exploited by medical research across Wales.

We collaborate with colleagues who work with the Wales Gene Park Genomic Laboratories to generate genomic big data for their research. Where capacity allows, we also collaborate with colleagues throughout Wales who outsource their sequencing requirements to third-party sequencing hubs.

What we do and how we help

We provide colleagues with a complete pipeline for genomic scale DNA and RNA Sequence analysis in medically important areas of genetic research, such as cancer, inherited cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders, all of which are priority health areas of the Welsh Government.

Our team will support your project from initial design through to grant applications, lab work, data generation, primary, secondary and tertiary analysis. We work collaboratively and flexibly with researchers to support research key performance indicators.

We are passionate in championing the role of high-throughput sequencing in modern biomedical research. We work closely with research colleagues and encourage adoption through workshops and seminars.

Our funding policy

Wales Gene Park is funded by Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales as an infrastructure support group. As such, we operate not for profit, to recover consumable costs and contributions to staff time only. We work collaboratively with partners to meet the requirements of each project and deliver mutually beneficial outputs.

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