How COG-UK is structured

The COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium is a collaborative initiative led by Sharon Peacock, Director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England, who chairs a Steering Committee with representation from academic groups and public health agencies.

Samples are collected by NHS laboratories, Public Health laboratories and national coronavirus Testing Centres as part of their routine diagnostic work. Genome sequencing is performed by regional laboratories and a national hub at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. The consortium’s operational activities are divided into working groups led by subject matter experts.

Project Management

Dr Ewan Harrison, Wellcome Sanger Institute

Tasking Cell

Dr Catherine Ludden, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Clinical and Virology Working Group

Lead: Professor Judy Breuer, University College London

Sample Logistics Working Group

Lead: Dr Ewan Harrison, Wellcome Sanger Institute

Metadata and Patient Linkage/Epidemiology/Health Informatics Working Group

Lead: Dr Michael Chapman, Health Data Research UK Cambridge

Sequencing Working Group

Lead: Dr Josh Quick, University of Birmingham

Data/Bioinformatics Working Group

Lead: Dr Tom Connor, Cardiff University and Public Health Wales NHS Trust

Modelling, Phylogenetics and Display Working Group

Lead: Professor Andrew Rambaut, University of Edinburgh

Public Health Interpretation Working Group

Lead: Dr Meera Chand, Public Health England