As lockdown restrictions eased in Wales over the summer, we were pleased to re-open our laboratories and resume practical work. Both the Genomic Sequencing lab, based in the Division of Cancer and Genetics, School of Medicine, and the Genome Editing lab, based in the School of Biosciences, in Cardiff University are open for business. Things are not quite as they were pre-lockdown, with staff having to work in “bubbles” and shift patterns implemented to keep operations going as best as possible while keeping staff safe.

Two new members of staff started work during the lockdown period. Loys Richards has taken up the role of Research Coordinator and Sam Hill joined the Bioinformatics team. Since lockdown, Iain Perry has also joined Wales Gene Park, taking the bioinformatics team up to its full compliment. Although the lab teams are back on site, others are continuing to work remotely in accordance with Welsh Government advice. As such, the Bioinformatics and Education and Engagement teams continue to undertake their roles from home.

All face-to-face Education and Engagement activities have been cancelled until the end of the year, but the team continues to deliver events through virtual platforms. Please check our website for notice of upcoming events. Additionally, you can follow us on Twitter for information and updates.

If you have any enquiries about Wales Gene Park activities, please email

Regular updates on the research situation in Wales are available via our funders Health and Care Research Wales

Wales Gene Park continues to work hard to enable and promote genetic and genomic research in Wales. Our doors are always open to you.

All the best,

Andrew Fry, Karen Reed and Angela Burgess

Director and Co-Directors, Wales Gene Park