In September 2007, the MEFGL moved into the purpose-built research suite embedded within the Environment Centre for Wales (ECW). The entire third floor facility, opened by the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in February 2008, provides open-plan office space for up to 28 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, alongside dedicated PCR, sequencing, bioinformatic and main laboratory facilities overseen by a full time laboratory manager.
The MEFGL has access to host of resources that can be utilized to address a range of evolutionary and ecological questions relating to genetic variation in wild populations. Following successful SRIF3 funding acquisition, the augmented suite of genomic tools is housed in the Environmental Genomics facility in the Environment Centre for Wales.
Genetic and genomic analytical resources
Our genomic tools facilitate the high-throughput (1152 PCR block capacity) generation of DNA data (sequences, microsatellites, AFLPs, SNPs, ESTs, SSCPs, metabarcoding, genomic and metagenomics library preparation). The conventional environmental genomic laboratory is further complemented by ancient/ eDNA facilities in separate buildings to adhere to trace DNA analysis clean standards. High throughput sequencing (Illumina, PacBio) is performed via close links with the nearby Liverpool University’s Centre for Genome Research, Aberystwyth University and the Birmingham Joint Genome Centre/Beijing Genome Institute. Downstream bioinformatic analyses are deployed from a centrally supported dedicated Linux suite, local cluster, with HPC capability provided by HPC Wales and a distributed architecture of thousands of CPUs facilitating the analysis of small, medium and large-scale genomic datasets.
Extensive aquarium facilities
The Brambell building's entire lower floor area is a dedicated aquarium facility, incorporating constant temperature environmental rooms with the capacity to accommodate both marine and freshwater ecosystem research.
Details of the excellent aquarium facilities have been compiled and presented by the Aquaria Manager, Dr. G. Cooke. To view click here.