The Genomics Core Leuven is a knowledge and technology platform that facilitates access to different sequencing technologies and shares expertise in sequence analyses and data processing. It is a collaborative effort from KU Leuven and UZ Leuven for making state-of-the-art technologies, protocols and bioinformatic pipelines available for research and diagnostics. Large infrastructure grants and investment from the university hospitals led to the development of the largest sequencing facility in Belgium. The Genomics Core has multiple lllumina systems and also provides access to PacBio long read technology. Several liquid handling robots are used for automating the sample preparation workflows for different applications. In addition different single cell genomics fluidics pipelines are available: a liquid handling robotic pipeline based on single cell sorting, a custom droplet fluidics system and platform for rare cell isolation (dielectrophoretic cage array microfluidics system).
The Genomics Core Leuven partners within the Universitaire ziekenhuizen Leuven to enable the BELAC-accredited breast cancer (BRCA) genetic test as well as non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).