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Genomics Sequencing Center (Genomics / Genome Analysis and Technologies)

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech Fralin Sciences Institute

1015 Life Sciences Circle

Blacksburg, VA 24061-0477

United States of America

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Primary Contact:

Rich Helm

Last Updated: 06/12/2023

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Facility Details

The Genomics Sequencing Center (GSC) at Virginia Tech Fralin Institute is a dedicated multi-user resource for the development and application of state-of-the-art, Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies. GSC is a “one-stop shop” providing rapid, cost-effective, experimental design consultation, and genomic and functional-genomics services using Illumina’s NovaSeq, NextSeq and MiSeq systems. Quality control and quality assurance metrics are incorporated into each standard operating procedure to monitor performance of each service provided. Liquid handling robots and a custom Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) increase throughput, efficiency and quality of the data generated and allow sample tracking in real time. We have the expertise and capacity to extend our support to research projects performed at any scale, in a very efficient and organized manner. In fact, GSC has supported over 700 individual PIs worldwide. We also provide our expertise and capabilities for grant applications to various funding agencies.


Next-Gen Sequencing Platforms:
Thermo Ion S5

DNA Library Preps:
Exome Capture
16S/18S/ITS Amplicon Sequencing
Metagenomic Sequencing

RNA Library Preps:
Small RNA-Seq
Total Stranded RNA-Seq
Ultra Low Input mRNA-Seq (10-100 cells)

Multiplexing large number of samples

qPCR services using SYBR Green and TagMan assays

Nucleic Acid QC:
Agilent BioAnalyzer and TapeStation
qPCR services of NGS libraries

Sanger Sequencing Services

Facility Policies

Services are offerred outside of Virginia Tech

Consulting is offerred outside of Virginia Tech