The Sheffield Microarray/Genomics Core Facility

The facility has several years experience as an Affymetrix accredited laboratory to house and run an Affymetrix Gene Chip Microarray system.

It has recently extended capacity to include an Illumina HiScan SQ system for sequencing by synthesis (NGS) and further microarray facility.

Core Facility Research Manager: Prof. Pam Shaw
Core Facility Senior Scientific Officer: Dr. Paul Heath

Contact Paul Heath for further details:

Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience
University of Sheffield
385a Glossop Road
S10 2HQ

Telephone: +44 114 222 2254

Principal equipment in the facility

  • Agilent 2100 bioanalyser to examine RNA integrity and concentration.
  • Affymetrix Gene Chip hybridisation system.
  • Nanodrop spectrophotometer.
  • Illumina HiScan SQ

The unit is able to look at the level of expression of many different genes or mRNA species in a sample at the same time, there are now available chips for several other protocols. These include SNP analyses, resequencing – including a human mitochondrial genome chip, exon arrays for the analysis of alternative splicing and arrays for ChIP on chip experiments for the investigation of gene promoters. Arrays are available for many different organisms. We offer full technical support, according to manufacturer's protocols, in the preparation and running of your samples.

We would recommend that if you are considering an NGS or microarray based experiment you contact Paul Heath at the address above to discuss your requirements and for further information including details on pricing. If you require Bioinformatics analysis support, please let us know so that a representative of the Sheffield Bioinformatics Core can be present at the initial meeting.

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