Dr Alka Saxena, Head of the Genomics Research Platform at the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London’s Genomics Research Platform, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London, talked to Select Science about the services that her and her team provide for researchers.

SS: Could you explain to us what your job role entails and your key responsibilities?

AS: I lead the Genomics Research Platform at the NIHR BRC at Guy’s and St Thomas’ National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust and King’s College London’s, which operates as a service provision lab and also as a Research and Development (R&D) platform. Our NIHR BRC is focused on turning research in the lab into new treatments and diagnostics for our patients as quickly as possible. Along with the other BRCs in England, we are driving research and innovation in the NHS. Our Genomics Research Platform supports our researchers and industry in this endeavor by providing access to state-of-the-art facilities and advice. Other than the usual financial and administrative tasks associated with my role, I ensure smooth service delivery, in addition to keeping up with the technical advances in the field through R&D. At this time we offer over 21 different library preparations on liquid handling systems for next generation sequencing (NGS).

Read the rest of the interview on Select Science’s website