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The Genomics Core facility, located in Sanger Hall on the MCV campus, maintains a significant portfolio of instrumentation to support high-throughput sequencing and analysis. In addition to a broad range of instruments for sample preparation, library construction and quality control, the core hosts a number of sequencing platforms:

  • Illumina NextSeq2000 – NEW in Spring 2021
  • Illumina MiSeq
  • Illumina HiSeq4000 (to be phased out in Summer 2021)
  • Pacific Biosciences Sequel

The Illumina platforms offer a large variety of sequencing configurations ranging from 1 x 50 bp single end (SE) to 2 x 300 bp paired end (PE) sequencing and the Sequel instrument provides long reads of up to 100 kilobases.

Typical services:

  • de novo sequencing
  • whole genome sequencing (WGS)
  • whole exome sequencing (WES)
  • whole genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS)
  • methyl-binding domain sequencing (MBD-seq)
  • transcriptome sequencing (RNA-seq)
  • small RNA-seq (microRNA, non-coding RNAs)
  • chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-seq)
  • targeted genome sequencing
  • amplicon sequencing
  • mitochondrial sequencing
  • 16 S rRNA taxonomic profiling
  • metagenome sequencing
  • metatranscriptome sequencing
  • long read sequencing

In collaboration with other VCU facilities, the core offers state-of-the-art single cell sequencing using a Chromium system from 10X Genomics; anticipates the ability to provide spatial transcriptomic analysis in Summer 2021; and provides multi-petabyte level data storage for genomic data with access to dedicated server clusters for genomic analyses in the  VCU High Performance Research Computing Core.



1101 E Marshall St
Sanger Hall
Rm. 5-028

Richmond, VA 23298

Contact us

Karolina A. Aberg, Ph.D.
(804) 628-3023

Gregory A. Buck, Ph.D.
(804) 828-2318

Initiate a project

The VCU Genomics Core’s new business model offers a broad range of off-the-shelf, state-of-the-art services as well as the ability to develop and tailor protocols for specific research projects. To initiate a service request or to schedule a discussion about an ongoing or upcoming project please email us: genomics@vcu.edu.