The University of Northumbria is a core academic partner of the COG-UK consortium. The University’s state-of-the-art DNA sequencing research facility, NU-OMICS, assisted the consortium in rapidly sequencing whole SARS-CoV-2 genomes.
- Professor Darren Smith, Professor in Bacteriophage Biology, Department of Applied Biology, Cellular and Molecular Sciences/Microbiology Group, University of Northumbria
- Dr Andrew Nelson, NU-OMICS laboratory manager and Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University.
- Dr Matthew Bashton, Lead Bioinformatician, Vice Chancellors Fellow- HBBE, Northumbria University.
- Dr Greg Young, HBBE, Northumbria University.
- Members of the research team: Dr Wen Chyin Yew, Dr Josh Loh, Dr John Allan, Dr Giles Holt, Dr Mohammad A. Tariq (Quadram Institute), Prof. Gary Black, Dr Lynn Dover
The team is working in partnership with:
Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Consultant Virologists Yusri Taha (Clinical Lead), Shirelle Burton-Fanning, Sheila Waugh, Brendan Payne and Microbiology laboratories, Jennifer Collins and Gary Eltringham.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Consultant and Clinical Lead, Paul Baker, James Cook University Hospital Pathology Laboratories and Research, Steven Liggett and Sarah Essex.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust: Associate Director of Durham Tees Valley Research Alliance Jane Greenaway and Senior Biomedical Scientist Emma Swindells.