Cambridge Translational GenOmics (CATGO) Laboratory

The CAmbridge Translational GenOmics (CATGO) laboratory is one of the service laboratories of the Cambridge BRC which primarily supports NIHR BioResource projects. The primary responsibilities of CATGO are:

  • Intake, processing and archiving of biological samples (blood, saliva, etc.) and the preparation of DNA for sequencing of patients and healthy volunteers who are enrolled into the NIHR BioResource for Rare Diseases.
  • Prepare pull-down libraries for exome sequencing.
  • Transfer of sequencing libraries to "on campus" or external provider of sequencing services.
  • Liaise with the NIHR BioResource Office for Rare Diseases in Cambridge for the processing of samples of enrolled Rare Disease cases through the exome sequencing pipeline in a timely manner.
  • Liaise with the chief analyst of each of the NIHR BioResource funded sequencing projects on the transfer of data on completed batches of samples.

Who and where are we? The CATGO team consists of 10 staff and the laboratories are located at Level 4, Laboratory Block, Addenbrooke's Hospital and in the Department of Haematology on the ground floor of the NHS Blood and Transplant Centre on the Addenbrooke’s Biomedical campus in Cambridge.

Team contact details:

The EASIH laboratory was closed in March 2013. For the provision of research sequencing services for BRC associated researchers please contact James Hadfield at the Genomics Core Facility at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute on the Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus. The Institute has Illumina MiSeq and HiSeq capacity. With the closure of EASIH services the Illumina GAII and Life Technologies Ion Torrent platforms have been discontinued. For information visit the CRI genomic core facility