UQ Genome Innovation Hub

Genome Innovation Hub (GIH) is a University of Queensland initiative and is part of UQ Research Infrastructure. GIH aims to develop innovative approaches to advance technologies in structural and functional analysis of genomes. The innovation hub will act as a collaborative research centre, working with UQ clinicians and scientists to implement novel and promising methodologies in projects focussed on the key areas of health, agriculture and the environment. Once implemented by GIH, these innovations (methods, protocols, software, expertise, etc.) will be made available through UQ Research Infrastructure Services, other UQ service providers, or through research groups willing to collaborate and/or train research staff in the newly developed approaches.

GIH conducts yearly collaborations with UQ researchers through awarding a GIH External Project. For 2020 project application information and the selection criteria, please see the information below and the UQ Research Infrastructure webpage.

2019 External Project Recipients

We are pleased to announce the following recipients of a 2019 GIH External Project. We look forward to collaborations between GIH and the recipients to develop breakthroughs and new methods for genomics in the areas of health, agriculture and environment. 

Single cell Sequencing

Dr Quan Nguyen, A/Prof Andrew Mallett

Spatial genomics technologies to study cancer and genetic diseases in tissue contexts.

Prof Ernst Wolvetang, A/Prof Jessica Mar, Dr Shyuan Ngo

Automated single cell quantitative in situ gene expression in cells and tissues (AutoMerFISH).

Long read Sequencing

Dr Mathew Jones, Prof Paul Clarke

Applying long-read sequencing technology to understand telomere repair and DNA replication.

A/Prof Scott Beatson, Prof Mark Schembri, Prof Mark Walker

Discovery of new regulatory networks with long-read transcriptomics.

Gene editing

Dr Rebecca San Gil, Dr Adam Walker

Genome-wide CRISPR screening for modifiers of diverse cellular phenotypes.

Dr Emily Goodall, Prof Ian Henderson

Using transposon-sequencing to probe whole cell protein-protein interactions.

2020 Call for External Collaborative Project Applications

Beginning at the start of 2020, GIH will again engage in collaborative projects in partnership with research groups across UQ. It is expected 3-5 External Projects will be undertaken. On being successful in the application process, collaborating research groups will work closely with GIH in the design and development of projects, with both actively contributing to projects (including co-investment in funding and personnel expertise). GIH expert staff and direct funding of up to $50,000 toward GIH consumables will further support each project. Proposals can be entirely wet-lab-based, entirely bioinformatics-based or a combination of the two, and will vary based on the requirements from GIH in terms of budget and staff support.

Projects will be prioritised based on novelty and transformative impact in advancing genomic applications and/or those that significantly drive down the cost of these applications at UQ. Each proposal will be evaluated on the basis of feasibility, broad impact, and clearly outlined paths for future access and uptake. The total number of projects accepted will depend on feasibility, staff requirements, budget and timelines.

Important dates

Applications open: Friday 1 November, 2019

Submission deadline: Monday 2 December, 2019

Notification of acceptance: late December, 2019

Accepted External Projects begin: January 2020

Application process and guidelines

Check out the UQ infrastructure funding page for information on the application process, selection criteria and submission guidelines. 

Contact

For further information on UQGIH and collaborative opportunities, please email Professor Grant Montgomery at g.montgomery1@uq.edu.au.


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Director

  • Professor Grant Montgomery

    Director, UQ Genome Innovation Hub
    Professorial Research Fellow - GL
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    Joint Appointment
    Queensland Brain Institute

Deputy Director

  • Associate Professor Carol Wicking

    Honorary Associate Professor
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Professor Naomi Wray

    Group Leader, Genomics of Development and Disease Division
    Professorial Research Fellow - GL
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    Joint Appointment
    Queensland Brain Institute

Chief Investigators

  • Associate Professor Lachlan Coin

    Deputy Director, IMB Centre for Superbug Solutions
    Honorary Associate Professor
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Professor Peter Visscher

    Group Leader, Genomics of Development and Disease Division
    ARC Laureate Fellow - GL
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    Joint Appointment
    Queensland Brain Institute
  • Professor Brandon Wainwright

    Director
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    Group Leader, Genomics of Development and Disease Division
  • Professor Peter Koopman

    Group Leader, Genomics of Development and Disease Division
    Professorial Research Fellow - GL
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Emeritus Professor Mark Ragan

    Emeritus Professor
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Professor Jian Yang

    Group Leader, Genomics of Development and Disease Division
    ARC Future Fellow
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    Joint Appointment
    Queensland Brain Institute

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