Covid-19 Testing at the CORES lab video link


Susan Tamowski, Director of the HSC Transgenic & Gene Targeting Mouse Core will be retiring effective May 1st, 2021.  We would like to thank Susan for her 27 years of service with University of Utah and wish her well in retirement.

Kyle O’Connor, who previously worked with Susan in the core, and Crystal Davey will be Co-Directors of the Transgenic & Gene Mouse Targeting Core.  Crystal also directs the Mutation and Generation Core and has worked closely with the Transgenic & Gene Targeting Mouse Core for the past 3 years to generate transgenic mouse models using CRISPR technology. Crystal will continue to interface with researchers and design genetic targeting strategies, while Kyle who is a skilled mouse embryo technician will implement these strategies.




  1. Cores are currently operating to support research activity.
  2. There will be no 1:1 training due to staff limitations.
  3. If you have samples to drop off for processing please call the specific core to get instructions and arrange a time. (we want to minimize F2F contact).
  4. If you have scheduled appointment that you know you will not make please delete or notify the specific core. In some cases the core may prep unnecessarily for you. We would like to avoid this with limited staffing.
  5. Please pay attention to posted safety guidelines when using core equipment and decontaminate as instructed by the core. Some equipment is sensitive to cleaning and we want to minimize potential damage.

HSC Cores

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.

The Core Facility office is responsible for personnel and financial affairs. All of the Core facilities operate on a charge-back basis, although the percent recovery of operating expenses for each facility varies greatly. The School of Medicine operates a number of cores facilities that offer both advanced technologies and equipment. The goal of the Cores is to make technology and expertise available to all faculty members and students. The institutional view is that supporting core facilities is the single best way that institutional funds can be used to promote the University’s research mission.

If you are new to the Cores, you must complete a work authorization form which will allow you to use all of the services that the cores offer. The form is located at the top of the page underneath WORK AUTH FORMS. There is a video with instructions and the form is electronic.