Cores at the University of Utah are managed by either the Health Sciences Center (HSC-managed), the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI-managed) or the Main Campus (Main Campus-managed). Although managed separately, shared efforts campus-wide are coordinated by a committee with representation from each of these three entities, headed by the Vice President for Research. Governance for HSC-managed cores is provided below, whereas governance for HCI-managed cores is provided here.

New Lab Coats 7/19/19

The HSC Cores operate on a cost recovery basis.  The default expectation is that rates will increase 3% each year to match inflation.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


School of Medicine Rm 5C124
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT  84132


John Phillips, Ph. D., HSC Cores Director

Brenda Smith Director of Finance

James Cox, Ph. D., Associate HSC Cores Director

Phone: 801-587-7779

Audrey Gallagher, Administrative Manager

Terra Curley, Accountant

Sovanna Behrmann, Administrative Officer


Oversight Committee

Dr. Phillips administers the core facilities, they are overseen by a faculty oversight committee. The committee is composed of members of various departments at the School of Medicine, and meets on average twice a year.

Bradley Cairns, Ph.D., Professor Department of Oncological Sciences
Carl Wittwer, Ph.D., Professor Department of Pathology
David Stillman, Ph.D., Professor Department of Pathology
Eric W. Schmidt, Ph.D., Professor Department Medicinal Chemistry
Joseph Yost, Ph.D., Professor Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Matthew Rondina, MD, MS, Associate Professor Department of Internal Medicine
Mark Yandell, Ph.D., Associate Professor Department of Human Genetics
Wesley Sundquist, Ph.D., Professor Department of Medicinal Chemistry


The function of the committee is to evaluate the quality of existing cores, and to recommend both the creation of new cores and the termination of outdated ineffective cores. This is accomplished in part by periodic surveys of faculty needs. The most recent survey was conducted in November 2018. The oversight committee also provides a venue for discussion of the the operation of particular cores, free of conflicts of interest. Recommendations by the oversight committee are transmitted to Will Dere, MD, Vice Dean for Research.


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