The core facility provides next-gen sequencing, microarray, and quantitative PCR services, training and support. Consultation is available to all researchers at the Institute as well as external institutions and collaborators.

Systems biology approaches entail simultaneous measurements under numerous different biological conditions and time points. The core houses various instruments to enable this high-throughput research. In addition to a NextSeq for RNAseq, small RNAseq and ChIPseq projects, the facility supports Agilent and Exiqon microarrays for RNA and miRNA measurements. Also available are two real-time PCR instruments (an ABI 7900HT and a QuantStudio 6 Flex), the Fluidigm system (consisting of the Biomark for high throughput rtPCR with both the HT and LT controller, for 48.48 assays and 96.96 assays ), and the Nanostring nCounter for mRNA, DNA and miRNA expression measurements. For single cell analysis we have the Chromium 10x which enables the analysis of over 10,000 single cells per sample.

Remember to acknowledge the valuable services provided by the Molecular and Cell Core Facility in your research papers and publications: “This research was supported by the Gene Expression Core Facility of the Institute for Systems Biology.”


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or call (206)732-1451 / -1347.

Internal Users

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