Genomics

An interdisciplinary field focused on the study of genomes (an individual’s complete set of DNA), genomics plays a key role in many areas of biomedical research here at the Alliance.

The collective genomics capabilities of the Alliance enable researchers across our member organisations to share resources, equipment and learnings to stay at the cutting edge of this ever-changing field.

Genomics Research at the Alliance

Genomics

Genomics is the study of genomes – an individual’s complete set of DNA.

Research interests related to genomics are broad and varied across the Alliance:

  • Epigenetics
  • Clinical genomics of inherited diseases and cancer
  • Genomics techniques to investigate pathogens, the microbiome and host response
  • Population genomics (cohort scale DNA sequencing, genotype:phenotype analysis)
  • Virus discovery (endogenous retroviruses)
  • Transcriptomics (RNA-seq and scRNA-seq) in pre-clinical models of disease
  • Genome-wide association studies (GWAS)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Ethical, legal and social issues in genomics

How Genomics is Applied

Across the Alliance, genomics is being utilised within both basic and clinical research to find solutions to a variety of critical health challenges. These include:

  • Blood diseases
  • Cancer
  • Infectious diseases
  • Public health
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Neurological diseases
  • Disease outcomes

State-of-the-Art Equipment

NovaSeq 6000

The NovaSeq 6000 offers the latest technology in genome sequencing.

A new NovaSeq 6000 sequencer, housed in NATA-accredited facilities at the Alfred precinct, enables researchers to sequence their samples in unprecedented time frames. Improved throughput, speed and flexibility means projects can be completed faster and more economically than ever before.

This state-of-the-art genomics technology enables members of the Alfred Research Alliance to continue their innovative research and ushers in a new era of biomedical discovery for the precinct.

Professional Development

Along with world-leading technology and resources, our commitment to professional development within the genomics space ensures our researchers can continually develop their skills and apply this knowledge to their projects. Frequent workshops and seminars across the precinct keep researchers up to date with each other and encourage collaboration between our members, while regular industry events keep researchers abreast of the latest techniques and equipment.

Contact Us

To find out more about the Alfred Research Alliance’s genomics capabilities or to enquire about access to these resources, please contact the relevant staff member below.

General research enquiries Andrew Perkins
Chair, Genomics User Group, Alfred Research Alliance
Head, Blood Cancer Genomics at Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, Monash University
Professor of Haematology, Alfred Pathology
[email protected]
Research applications enquiries Helen Mitchell
Lead Laboratory Scientist, Alfred Research Alliance
[email protected]
Clinical applications enquiries Jane Lin
Laboratory Scientist, Alfred Pathology
[email protected]