NEOF is a centre of excellence that allows the UK to maintain and develop its world-leading position in environmental omics.

It empowers the next generation of environmental researchers with a full range of omic tools and the skills to address pressing environmental science challenges, including biodiversity, species interactions and threats to our wildlife.

Working in partnership

NEOF is a partnership between world-leading labs at the Universities of Liverpool and Sheffield who have pooled resources and expertise to deliver state-of-the-art omics expertise, capability and training to UK environmental scientists.

We are funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

NEOF is working in partnership with:
The Culture Collection of Algae & Protozoa (CCAP) is a world-leading culture collection facility, also supported by UKRI NERC. Partnership with CCAP enables us to expand our knowledge base for bespoke environmental growth, genomic and metabolomic extraction and analysis for algal and protozoan species.

The Tree of Life Programme is based at the Sanger Institute, and generates high-quality genome sequences to explore the evolution of life, provide the raw materials for new biotechnology and deliver tools and understanding for biodiversity conservation.

We are an ELIXIR-UK training service.


NEOF is guided by a team with a variety of omics experience, knowledge, skills and backgrounds.

Professor Steve Paterson

University of Liverpool

Steve is director of NEOF and has a background in population genomics and host-parasite evolution. He has extensive expertise in genomics and bioinformatics and is co-director of the Centre for Genomic Research.

Professor Terry Burke

University of Sheffield

Terry is deputy director of NEOF and leads the Molecular Ecology Laboratory in Sheffield. He has extensive experience of applying molecular methods to ecological and evolutionary questions. The Sheffield laboratory hosts the NEOF Visitor Facility.

Professor Claire Eyers

University of Liverpool

Claire is an expert in proteomics and cell signalling, with extensive expertise in proteomic method development and analysis. She is director of the Centre for Proteomic Research.

Professor Roy Goodacre

University of Liverpool

Roy is a biological chemist who has lead methods and standards in mass-spec and Raman spectroscopy. He is director of the Centre for Metabolomic Research.

Professor Alistair Darby

University of Liverpool

Alistair is an expert in genomics and infectious disease and is co-director of the Centre for Genomic Research.

Professor Jon Slate

University of Sheffield

Jon is an evolutionary geneticist with an expertise in gene mapping, association studies and genomic prediction. He is interested in using genomics tools to study the evolution of quantitative traits.

Dr Steve Rolfe

University of Sheffield

Steve is a plant and microbial biologist. He is the director of the Wolfson Centre for Disease Phenomics.

Kathryn Jackson

Kathryn is centre manager for NEOF.

Céline Pagnier

Céline is secretary for NEOF.


NEOF activities receive external oversight from a Steering Committee of experts to ensure accountability to NERC and its community.

  • Professor Barbara Mable, University of Glasgow (Chair)
  • Dr Karl Burgess, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Alex Dumbrell, University of Essex
  • Professor Sara Goodacre, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Sarah Helyar, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Professor Alex Jones, University of Warwick
  • Dr Pablo Orozco-terWengel, Cardiff University
  • Dr Daniel Read, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • Dr Silvia Salatino, Natural History Museum
  • Professor Nick Smirnoff, University of Exeter
  • Professor Frederica Theodolou, Rothamstead Research



Empowering the next generation of environmental researchers.

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