Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics Core

Genomics and Bioinformatics Expertise

The Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics Core, formerly known as Molecular Biology Core, provides a centralized resource for functional genomics and bioinformatic studies including expertise, equipment, and technical capabilities. The infrastructure and technical expertise is primarily to support methods in molecular, functional genomics and bioinformatics studies.

The Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics Core is supported by the Center for Pediatric Research (NIGMS CoBRE NIH P20GM103620).

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The major services at this core include:

  • Nucleic acid isolation, quality analysis and manipulation
  • Quantitative real-time PCR analysis
  • RNAScope
  • RNA-sequencing
  • Single cell analysis including single cell RNA-seq
  • Chromatin immunoprecipitation
  • Chromium X single cell analysis
  • CRISPR/Cas9 mediated genome editing
  • Coordination of high-throughput sequencing services
  • Visium Cyt Assist

Bioinformatics Support The Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics Core provides bioinformatics support such as:

  • Gene expression and pathway analysis of microarray and RNA-seq data, RNA-seq, and scRNA-seq data
  • Comprehensive analysis of ChiP-seq data including motif annotation and differential binding between conditions
  • DNAseq data analysis including Whole genome and whole exome (WGS) and (WES)


  • Q700 Sonicator
  • 10X Chromium Controller
  • Precellys24 tissue homogenizer with Cryolys cooling unit
  • Benchmark BeadBug homogenizer
  • Promega Maxwell 16 MDx instrument for nucleic acid extraction
  • Qiacube for nucleic acid extraction
  • Life Technologies Bench Pro 2100 plasmid purification station
  • Thermo Savant SPD111V SpeedVac
  • GE NanoVue Spectrophotometer
  • Thermo ND-200 Spectrophotometer
  • Thermo NanoDrop Lite Spectrophotometer
  • Epoch Take 3 Plate Reader/Spectrophotometer
  • Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer
  • Eppendorf Mixmate Microplate Shakers
  • Eppendorf ThermoMixer F0.5/F1.5/F2.0 (2X)
  • BioRad MyCycler 96 well Gradient Thermal Cycler (2X)
  • GeneAmp PCR system 9700 (2X)
  • Strategene MX3005p QPCR real-time PCR system
  • Applied Biosystems 7500 real-time PCR system 
  • UVP BioSPectrum 500 Imaging System
  • UVP GelDocIt 310 Imaging System
  • Beacon Designer 7 software package
  • Vector NTI Advanced Software
  • Visium CytAssist
  • Chromium X
  • CFX Opus Real-time PCR system


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