Scientific cores

In addition to their research programmes, some of our core groups offer a range of scientific services to research groups in the Centre itself, in other University of Oxford departments, and in other institutions.  In addition the Centre also provides free access to a number of databases and software applications. 

For more information on specific core groups, follow the links alongside or below.

High-Throughput Genomics

High-Throughput Genomics provides:
  • High-Throughput Sequencing (Illumina HiSeq 2000 and MiSeq)
  • Genotyping and Methylation Studies - Illumina, Sequenom
  • Expression Profiling - Illumina, Sequenom

Bioinformatics and Statistical Genetics

BSG provides advice and support in the following areas:
  • Advice on experimental design
  • Processing and analysis pipelines for NGS data (Illumina and ONT) and microarrays
  • Ensuring high data quality and providing QC reports
  • Extensive informatics support for tracking, processing and managing large volumes of raw sequence data
  • Training and advice on the use of a variety of bioinformatics tools and analyses
  • Collaborating with research groups to perform downstream analyses
  • Developing software tools to aid scientists in the analysis of omic datasets
  • Evaluating data from trials of cutting-edge technologies and methodologies (e.g. single-cell)
  • Assistance with manuscript preparation and submitting data to public repositories

Chromosome Dynamics

Chromosome Dynamics provides:

  • A range of different fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) applications
  • Related tissue culture techniques
  • Probe preparation
  • Support with cytological techniques, including Immunofluorescence and Chromogenic RNA in situ hybridization (ISH)

Cellular Imaging

Cellular Imaging provides:

  • State-of-the-art laboratories for fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy with technical assistance in digital imaging and quantitative microscopy applied to live cells.

  • The Cellular Imaging Core performs research and development of cutting-edge fluorescence microscopy techniques. Lifetime Imaging, Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy and Super-Resolution microscopy approaches are available.
  • The Cellular Imaging Core also disseminates knowledge of fluorescence spectroscopic applications to the scientific community.


Transgenics provides:

  • Generation of genetically modified mice models
  • Gene targeting in embryonic stem cells
  • Knock-out and Knock-in construct design
  • Generation of Rosa26 Knock-in mice
  • Embryo transfer of strains for importing into the FGF
  • Cryopreservation of strains
  • Assisted reproduction

IT and Computing

IT and Computing provide:

  • Network infrastructure and server hosting
  • Email services
  • Network printing
  • Shared network storage, data archiving, backup and file recovery
  • Secure web hosting
  • Remote access facilities (Dial-up, ISDN, VPN and Windows application servers)
  • Network, server and workstation security
  • End user support