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NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility

Welcome to the NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility! NERC logo

The NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility provides access to high-level genomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics provision through its four nodes. NBAF offers the very latest, class-leading technologies, including next-generation sequencing (Roche 454, Illumina and IonTorrent), Sanger sequencing, microarray- and sequencing-based genotyping and expression profiling including the in silico design of oligoarrays (Agilent, Nimblegen). NBAF also supports metabolomics, medium-scale genotyping, bioinformatics and advanced data analysis techniques (genome and transcriptome assembly and annotation, expression analysis, etc.).

NBAF is funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Centre (NERC).

The Facility consists of four nodes:


NBAF-Sheffield  - molecular genetics

generation and analyses of molecular markers for population and evolutionary genetics

NBAF-Liverpool - high-throughput sequencing and microarray analysis

technologies used for gene expression analysis, sequence capture, next-generation sequencing using Illumina, Pacific Biosiences, Roche 454 & IonTorrent technology, and bioinformatic support for analyses of these data

NBAF-Edinburgh - high-throughput sequencing and genomic analysis

using Sanger, Roche 454 and Illumina technology, and bioinformatic support for analyses of these data

NBAF-Birmingham - metabolomics

training, assay and analysis

Please note that if you intend to access NBAF-Liverpool or NBAF Edinburgh, you will need to have secured funding first, as these nodes operate as "pay-as-you-go" services. This can be through a NERC grant, NERC small grant, or through our annual pilot "small grants competition" scheme.

All the nodes of NBAF are ready to discuss your needs and NERC science applications in Bioinformatics and Metabolomics. Please refer to their respective pages for contact information. After discussing your needs with the nodes, please complete the application form and appendix, which you can download from the section Applying to the Facility.

The NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility is supported by NERC Services and Facilities. For a copy of last year's Annual Report (2013-14), please click here. To see the full bibliography of NBAF-supported publications, please click here. All users of the NBAF are required to advise the Facility of publications which arose from work carried out at the Facility.

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