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.

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

Audrey Gallagher, Administrative Manager

Terra Curley, Accountant

Jonathan Conger, Administrative Assistant


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
Wesley Sundquist, Ph.D., Professor Department of Biochemistry
Dennis Winge, Ph.D., Professor Department of Internal Medicine
Mark Yandell, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor Department of Human Genetics
Joseph Yost, Ph.D., Professor Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Eric W. Schmidt, 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is to evaluate the quality of existing cores, and to recommend both the creation of new cores and the termination of outdated ineffective cores.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 January 2004. 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 Dr. Vivian Lee, Vice President/Dean of the Health Science Center.


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