Centre for Health and Bioinformatics


Dr Jonathan Coxhead

Senior Experimental Scientific Officer


Current Position

Manager - Genomics Core Facility 


I have been using genomic technologies in both research and commercial settings for over fifteen years and have extensive experience in the application of next-generation sequencing (NGS); working with clients in diagnostic, academic, government, and commercial sectors. I established (2016) and currently manage the Faculty of Medical Sciences 'Genomics Core Facility'; a NGS lab that specialises in single-cell and spatial transcriptomic applications. I have a research background in both cancer biology and mitochondrial genetics.


PhD, Cancer biology / nutrigenomics, Newcastle University, 2003.

BSc (Hons), Physiology, University of Sunderland, 1997 (Four-year sandwich degree including one-year industrial placement at the Jack Birch Unit for Molecular Carcinogenesis, University of York 1995-1996).

Previous Positions

Research Associate, Newcastle University, NIHR / BRC, 2012-2016

Senior Scientist, NewGene Limited, 2007-2012.

Research Associate, Newcastle University, Human Nutrition, 2002-2007.

Research Technician, University of York, Jack Birch Unit for Molecular Carcinogenesis, 1997-1999.

Esteem Indicators

Member of UK NEQAS Special Advisory Group for Next Generation Sequencing Quality Assessment 

Key Words

Genomics / Next-Generation sequencing / Single-cell / Transcriptomics / Spatial Gene Expression / DNA / RNA / ddPCR