Over the last decade there has been exponential growth in the use of large-scale technologies as a tool to understand a wide range of phenomena in the Biological and Medical Sciences. These technologies include (but are not limited to) genomics, transcriptomics, translatomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and epigenomics and they are used by scientists in very diverse fields of research.
At the University of Leeds we have a significant number of active researchers that fit under this “Omics” umbrella. These researchers are spread across different schools, faculties and campuses. Leeds Omics is a virtual research institute providing these PIs and their research groups with the opportunity to interact at multiple levels and in a virtual and physical environment.
The mission of Leeds Omics is to engage and unify the critical mass of ‘omics’ researchers at the University of Leeds into one central virtual institute. We provide key bioinformatics support and infrastructure to raise the impact and quality of our research output and to streamline our research activities.
We host a set of activities for the community that include fortnightly seminar series with extended “Q and A” time for more involved research discussion – thus fostering innovative research ideas, and exchanging knowledge across the domain. We connect researchers with complementary skills and interests thereby facilitating joint grant proposals. We provide bioinformatics support and grant writing support through our Senior Bioinformatics Research Officer. In addition, we provide training for members of the community to instill highly desirable skill sets in our researchers at all levels and to facilitate the development of novel platforms/technologies.
Find out more at http://www.leedsomics.org/