Oxford Molecular Diagnostics Centre

Oxford Molecular Diagnostics Centre (MDC) develops, clinically evaluates and implements advanced diagnostics for clinical practice and translational research. By employing methods in genomics, pathology and immunology MDC supports leading research programmes informing on our understanding of cancer and haematological illness.

MDC recognises the importance of progressing translational research by using innovative next generation sequencing technologies that go beyond diagnosis by conventional pathology and phenotypic characterisation. 

Resource Details

  • Dedicated Molecular Pathology Team for sample and data collection, processing and storage.
  • A fully accredited CPA research environment providing an extensive range of services based around technologies in whole genome sequencing.
  • Advanced technologies in diagnostics including Ion torrent, MiSeq, PyroMark, iScan and HiSeq 2500.
  • Laboratories devoted to leading research in three core areas, cancer and haematological malignancies, and non-malignant haematological conditions such as red cell disorders (National Reference Laboratory for Haemoglobinopathies), haemostasis and haemochromatosis.
  • Expert pathologists contributing to research.


For a full range of services and diagnostic tests available visit the Oxford Molecular Diagnostics Centre website. Applications are reviewed by senior clinical scientists.

The Access Committee reviews applications

  • For research covered by the Oxford Radcliffe Biobank (ORB) Research Tissue Bank ethics that and involves collecting tissue or data, or accessing currently held ORB samples.
  • For assistance with access to samples held by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust for ethically approved projects, including clinical trials.
  • For access to services provided by the Molecular Diagnostics Centre Tissue Handling team, including tissue and data collection and a range of histology services.

Contact for Access Committee

Postal address: Access Committee, Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust, Molecular Haematology, Level 4, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, OX3 9DU. Telephone: +44 (0)1865 220557. Fax: +44 (0)1865 222776. Email: ochre@ndcls.ox.ac.uk