Next-Generation Sequencing Core

Facility Location

5129 Plant Sciences Building

Brief Mission

The UM-IBBR Sequencing Core provides the research community at the University of Maryland (as well as off-campus customers) with access to 'Next Generation' sequencing. We feature an Illumina HiSeq1000 instrument, which can generate up to 500 million clusters, or a billion paired-end reads per run. 

Hours of Operation

9 AM-5 PM Monday-Friday

Services and Technologies Offered

Illumina: Run times range from about four days for 50-base applications to 8 days for 100-base paired-end reads and the accuracy enables a broad range of applications, including but not limited to:
  • DNA sequencing (DNA-seq)
  • Transcriptome analysis (RNA-seq)
  • Information about the Illumina technology and capabilities can be viewed at

Equipment Available

  • Illumina HiSeq1500 and cBot Cluster Generation System
  • Covaris SureSelect S2– High Performance Ultrasonicator for DNA shearing
  • Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer – for sizing, quantification and quality control of DNA, RNA, proteins and cells
  • Roche LightCycler 480 Real-Time PCR System
  • Illumina Tier 1 Compute and Storage (60 Tbytes) System – Optimized HPC server for large scale genomic data processing, primary analysis and data distribution.


Suwei Zhao, Manager
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