The Centre for Genome-Enabled Biology and Medicine (CGEBM) aims to provide a framework for promoting genome-enabled medical and biological research across the University of Aberdeen. The Centre will engage with research addressing such global challenges as Environment and Food Security, Human Health, and Energy, which is being undertaken in world leading research programs across the University’s Research Institutes and Colleges.

This framework includes providing Next Generation Sequencing capabilities in a wide range of organisms with or without reference genomes. In addition, the Centre provides Microarray Facilities, and access to Sanger Sequencing, Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), cytogenetics and high throughout robotics for biorepository creation and banking, facilitation of access to disease samples, and genotyping and sequencing to CPA standards for clinical trials.

To support data analysis, sharing and storage required for biological interpretation of genomic data, the Centre also provides expertise in Bioinformatics, and Medical and Biostatistics, and access to Data Management tools and the University High Performance Compute Cluster (HPCC), Maxwell.

Integral to the Centre’s mission is also the delivery of various learning activities and resources that enable researchers to develop expertise in the application of genomic approaches in their research, teaching and postgraduate training. This includes offering regular symposia, workshops and technical trainings as well as the provision for a Genome-Enabled Biology and Medicine PhD student cohort programme.

The Centre will help facilitate the planning and execution of genomics research programmes and experimental designs to enable the generation and interpretation of high quality data using the most appropriate technologies and data analysis tools, alongside creation of genome-phenome data networks and sharing of these data across the global scientific community to accelerate the discovery of solutions to global problems in human health, agriculture and the environment.

Services in the CGEBM are available to University of Aberdeen researchers, as well as external Universities, Research Institutes and Commercial entities. To access these services please contact the Centre Manager Dr Elaina Collie-Duguid.

Dr. Elaina Collie-Duguid manages the CGEBM, which is jointly directed by
Prof. Zosia Miedzybrodzka, a clinical academic in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and
Prof. James Prosser OBE, Chair of Environmental Microbiology in the School of Biological Sciences.