Northumbria University

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.



The team is working in partnership with:

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Consultant Virologists Yusri Taha (Clinical Lead), Shirelle Burton-FanningSheila WaughBrendan Payne and Microbiology laboratories,  Jennifer Collins and Gary Eltringham.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Consultant and Clinical Lead, Paul BakerJames Cook University Hospital Pathology Laboratories and Research, Steven Liggett and Sarah Essex.

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust: Consultant Microbiologists Clive Graham (Clinical Lead) and Edward Barton, Laboratory Manager Debra Padgett and Garren Scott

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust: Associate Director of Durham Tees Valley Research Alliance Jane Greenaway and Senior Biomedical Scientist Emma Swindells.