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The GCTU is a not-for-profit service provider for the research community and is equipped with state-of-the-art next generation sequencing platforms. Coupled with complementary robotics, sequence capture and array capabilities, we offer optimum, tailor-made solutions across a wide range of biological applications.

Advances in genomics technologies in a period of radical transformation drive the field of Life Sciences. Fundamental to this genomic revolution has been the advent of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), which enables analysis of hundreds of millions of DNA sequences in a single experiment. Coupled with significant advances in informatics, this has underpinned a myriad of diverse applications that have already delivered rapid advances and significant impact in all fields of Life Sciences. As a result, such technologies are now a routine facet of internationally competitive research and integral to successful grant applications and high impact publications. The recent significant investment in cutting edge genomics and computational infrastructure and the aligned development of the FMHLS genomics core technology unit (GCTU) presents the opportunity for the University to become a leader in genomics.


The GCTU has been established to facilitate the widespread adoption of genomics research within the University by providing a high quality, cost effective, fast and reliable genomics service. 

The GCTU offers a centralized NGS facility that has a collaborative ethos, working with Queen’s research teams and collaborators to develop bespoke projects and workflows. Enhancing research output by providing technical assistance and consultancy, as well as access to the latest technologies, limits the need for capital investment in specialized equipment for individual research groups.

The GCTU utilizes technologies that enable overheads to be minimized so that savings may be passed on to the customer while recouping running costs. It also provides the opportunity for researchers to be competently trained and/or become embedded within the facility enhancing the skills of Queen's staff and students. 

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Training and Consultancy

Our GCTU team is equipped with the skills and knowledge to support your research and can offer advice on experimental design to ensure your research goals are met. We are keen to work with research teams to develop bespoke projects and workflows which exploit the power of NGS applications to enhance research, as well as working closely with other Faculty CTUs (Advanced Informatics, Imaging, Mass Spectrometry).

We offer support for grant proposal submission, including experimental design and costings.

We will provide workshops and in-house training on the technologies available within the GCTU. Instructors include staff from the unit as well as external experts, with small class sizes ensuring an optimal student-instructor ratio.

There are also opportunities for researchers with larger bespoke projects to embed staff in the facility. Scientists trained to GCTU competency standards can access equipment within a trained and quality controlled environment. 

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