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Brain & Behavior Institute - Advanced Genomic Technologies Core

Facility Location

3229 Bioscience Research Bldg. #413,
4066 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742

Brief Mission

The Advanced Genomic Technologies Core at the Brain & Behavior Institute (BBI-AGTC) is a full-service sequencing facility serving the University of Maryland community as well as external users. Its goal is to make state-of-the-art genomic technologies accessible to researchers at a reasonable cost.

Hours of Operation

Weekdays, 10 AM to 6 PM, except UMD-observed holidays

Services and Technologies Offered

  • DNA and RNA qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • High-throughput sequencing - up to 400M paired-end 150 bp reads per run
  • Whole genome library preparation and sequencing
  • RNA library preparation - including stranded RNA prep with rRNA depletion
  • Single-cell expression profiling 

Equipment Available

  • Illumina NextSeq 1000 - for high-throughput sequencing applications requiring up to 150 bp paired-end reads
  • Access to Illumina MiSeq - for lower-throughput sequencing applications requiring longer reads (up to 2 x 300 bp)
  • 10X Genomics Chromium Controller - quickly performs single cell partitioning and barcoding using advanced microfluidics
  • Eppendorf epMotion 5075tc - an automated liquid handling workstation specifically tailored to NGS library preparation
  • Roche LightCycler 96 - mid-size, mid-throughput real-time PCR solution for highly accurate library quantification
  • Agilent TapeStation 4150 - automated electrophoresis platform for quick analysis of nucleic acids
  • Covaris SureSelect S2 - High Performance Ultrasonicator for DNA shearing


For more information and service quotations, please visit the Advanced Genomic Technologies Core.


Dr. Najib El-Sayed, Director, and April Hussey, MS, Manager
3229 Bioscience Research Building
Contact Dr. El-Sayed for sequencing consultations and experimental advice; Contact April for all other inquiries.
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