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Genomics WA is a new joint initiative launched through a partnership between the University of Western Australia (UWA), the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (HPIMR), and the Telethon Kids Institute to provide consultation, expert advice and streamlined library preparation, next generation sequencing and data analysis services; available to all Australian researchers. Funded by the State Government of WA’s Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) department and NCRIS, Genomics WA is a node of the BioPlatforms Australia’s nationally distributed genomics network, enabling researchers to access state-of-the-art services via strong local engagement as part of a coordinated national framework.

Equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and DNA sequencers (including Illumina NovaSeq6000, NextSeq500, MiniSeq, iSeq and MiSeq), Genomics WA’s laboratories are located in the Perkins building, the Clinical Microbiology Research Facility and Telethon Kids Institute on the QEII campus. Liquid handling systems will enable high-throughput, robust, and standardized library preparations, with a range of services currently available, including RNA-seq, whole genome sequencing, single cell sequencing,  and NGS on Illumina sequencers and many others available in the near future.

Long-read sequencing capability on the new Sequel II platform and single-cell T cell and B cell receptor sequencing is planned for release to customers in the second half of 2020.

Our bioinformatics team will offer data analysis services for libraries prepared in Genomics WA and training workshops will be initiated for Bioinformatics analysis, to address challenges and bottlenecks with data analysis.

Led by an experienced director, Adjunct Associate Professor Alka Saxena, Genomics WA is steered by experts in genomics and data analysis from diverse fields as well as IT specialists. 

Our funding partners are listed here.