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The Genomics Core Facility at the University of Utah provides a variety of cost effective genotyping, fragment analysis, gene expression, copy number, and methylation profiling services to the research community. Many of these services can be customized to meet the needs of individual researchers for projects ranging in scale from single targets to whole genomes. Instrument training and access, along with full service, sample-to-results options, are available. Researchers are encouraged to contact the Genomics Core Facility to discuss the most appropriate and cost effective platform to achieve their study goals.


Whole genome genotyping, an ideal platform for genome-wide association studies and identifying variants associated with disease risk and disorders, is offered using Illumina’s predesigned and custom beadchip arrays on the Illumina iScan instrument. Thousands to millions of SNPs can be genotyped on any number of samples. 

Custom panels of SNPs can be selected for more focused genotyping of genes or regions of interest using the LifeTechnologies OpenArray system and QuantStudio 12K Flex real time PCR instrument. This platform is best suited for studies that involve genotyping dozens to hundreds of SNPs on hundreds of samples.

Predesigned and custom TaqMan SNP genotyping assays from LifeTechnologies are available for genotyping a small number of SNPs on any number of samples using the QuantStudio 12K Flex real time PCR instrument. Assays can be designed for any organism. This platform is ideal for rapidly genotyping a variant of interest in a large set of samples.

Fragment Analysis

DNA fragment size analysis and STR genotyping services are available to researchers who submit PCR product labeled with FAM, VIC, NED, or PET fluorescent tags. Fluorescent labeled PCR products are run on an Applied Biosystems 3730 capillary electrophoresis instrument and analyzed with GeneMapper software. PCR optimization and reaction setup is offered as a full-service option for users who would prefer to submit DNA samples and PCR primers to size and genotype regions of interest.

Gene Expression Analysis

Quantitative real time PCR is routinely used to measure differences in gene expression between samples or groups of samples, and to validate RNA-seq results. Two Life Technologies QuantStudio 12K Flex instruments are available for researchers interested in performing quantitative real time PCR experiments for gene expression studies. Instrument and software training is available to all users, and the instruments can be reserved in two hour time increments. This service is offered as instrument-use only, and researchers are responsible for reaction plate setup prior to using the instruments in the Genomics Core Facility.

Copy Number Analysis

Copy number variations (CNVs) resulting from duplications, deletions, translocations, and inversions can be associated with disease and genetic disorders. For researchers interested in CNV analysis of a specific gene or region, the TaqMan Copy Number Assays from ThermoFisher are available to run on the QuantStudio 12K Flex real time PCR instrument. Genome-wide genotyping arrays from Illumina are available to researchers looking to screen the entire genome for CNVs. 

Methylation Analysis

The methylation of DNA at various sites in the genome regulates the expression of genes and plays an important role in development, X chromosome inactivation, imprinting, and carcinogenesis. The Genomics Core Facility offers researchers an array-based platform for measuring the degree of methylation at various sites throughout human and mouse genomes using Illumina’s Human MethylationEPIC array which targets over 935,000 CpG sites, the Mouse Methylation Array targeting 285,000 CpG sites, and the upcoming Human Methylation Screening Array with 250,000 CpG sites.

Data Retention

As a reminder to our users:  We do NOT store your data long term.  Once your runs are finished and your data given to you, we reserve the right to delete it from our servers to recover space for ongoing runs for other users.  It is the responsibility of the grant holder to archive their data, not the core labs.  We cannot maintain a server farm to archive data for everyone.  For archival purposes, we suggest users contact CHPC about creating storage space for their data there.


Illumina BeadChip array users MUST download and backup DMAP files for any arrays expected to be processed beyond the product expiration date.  Illumina DELETES all DMAP files for expired BeadChip lots.  The Genomics Core Facility will not be responsible for storing or backing up DMAP files for expired Illumina BeadChip arrays.  All users are encouraged to download and backup DMAPs for any BeadChip arrays purchased from Illumina, regardless of the expected processing timeline.

Each individual Illumina BeadChip array has a unique DMAP file, generated when the BeadChip array is manufactured.  A DMAP file is REQUIRED for processing any Illumina BeadChip array in the Genomics Core Facility.  Without the DMAP file, a BeadChip array cannot be processed or analyzed.

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