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Department of Biochemistry

Shilo Dickens

DNA sequencing.

The Department's DNA Sequencing Facility was established in the 1990s by Professor Peter Leadlay, and his Laboratory Manager, John Lester, was seconded to manage it day to day. Since taking on the Facility management in 2015, Shilo Dickens has set the agenda in keeping the Facility responsive to both customers' and colleagues' needs.

As each advance in sequencing occurs, the Facility adopts it and expands its skill set accordingly. Our aim is the reliable generation of the highest-quality data with rapid turnaround time and competitive pricing. Realising the constant changes of users’ research needs, we continuously improve our provision of cutting-edge DNA/RNA sequencing resources.


Key publications that include data collected on our instruments

Payne MA, Hashim A, Alsam A, Joseph S, Aduse-Opoku J, Wade WG, Curtis MA (2019). Horizontal and vertical transfer of oral microbial dysbiosis and periodontal disease. J. Dent. Res., 98(13):1503-1510. doi: 10.1177/0022034519877150

Matilla MA, Udaondo Z, Salmond GPC (2018). Genome sequence of the oocydin A-producing rhizobacterium Serratia plymuthica 4Rx5. Microbiol. Resour. Announc., 7(11):e00997-18. doi: 10.1128/MRA.00997-18

Nowell RW, Almeida P, Wilson CG, Smith TP, Fontaneto D, Crisp A, Micklem G, Tunnacliffe A, Boschetti C, Barraclough TG (2018). Comparative genomics of bdelloid rotifers: Insights from desiccating and nondesiccating species. PLoS Biol., 16(4):e2004830. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2004830

Wlodek A, Kendrew SG, Coates NJ, Hold A, Pogwizd J, Rudder S, Sheehan LS, Higginbotham SJ, Stanley-Smith AE, Warneck T, Nur-E-Alam M, Radzom M, Martin CJ, Overvoorde L, Samborskyy M, Alt S, Heine D, Carter GT, Graziani EI, Koehn FE, McDonald L, Alanine A, Rodríguez Sarmiento RM, Chao SK, Ratni H, Steward L, Norville IH, Sarkar-Tyson M, Moss SJ, Leadlay PF, Wilkinson B, Gregory MA (2017). Diversity oriented biosynthesis via accelerated evolution of modular gene clusters. Nat. Commun., 8(1):1206. doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-01344-3

Oliynyk M, Samborskyy M, Lester JB, Mironenko T, Scott N, Dickens S, Haydock SF, Leadlay PF (2007). Complete genome sequence of the erythromycin-producing bacterium Saccharopolyspora erythraea NRRL23338. Nat. Biotechnol., 25(4):447-453. doi: 10.1038/nbt1297

Contact details

Facility Manager  Shilo Titus

Facility Website  DNA Sequencing Facility Manager


Location  Sanger Building


The DNA Sequencing Facility does not offer placements for interns, undergraduate students or postgraduate students.

Specific staff vacancies are advertised on the Department's Job Opportunities page.