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Facility and Major Equipment

Facility Description:


The Genomics and Microarray Core Facility at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has over 1580 square feet of lab space. The director of the core maintains an office adjacent to the lab space.


The Genomics Core has 8 team members including Dr. Bifeng Gao (Core Director), Katrina Diener (Core Manager), 5 full time PRAs, and 1 part time PRA.


In addition to over 20 Dell and HP desktop computers, the facility is equipped with the following server computers:

  • Illumina NovaSeq 6000 NGS data processing server specifications: Dell PowerEdge M640 Blade Server; Dual Intel Xeon Gold 6152 CPUs @ 2.10GHz, 44/88 cores; 768GB RAM; Dual 10Gb fibre networking. In summary, the cluster includes a 120TB dedicated storage array server, a compute node comprised of 88 cores (hyperthreaded), and 768GB of memory with access to additional cpu’s on other compute nodes if needed. 
  • Illumina NGS data processing server: 40TB hard drive array comprised of four (4x) Dell PowerEdge R610 Servers - each server node containing eight CPU quad cores at 2.27GHz and 48GB RAM 
  • Four additional compute nodes: dual Intel Hex-croes (24 cores each) with 128GB RAM 
  • All compute nodes are 1Gb/s interface and 10Gb/s between storage nodes 
  • Illumina NGS data storage arrays: two (2x) 100TB hard drive array – each array containing six CPU hex cores and 32GB RAM, and 100TB reserve space available 
  • 480TB of near on-line tape backup (quantum i80 dual LTO-6) with unlimited off-line storage 
  • Illumina NGS data transfer (SFTP) server: 10TB hard drive array, four CPU quad cores at 3.2GHz, and 24GB RAM
Bioinformatics Support: 

The core offers bioinformatics packages for microarray and next generation sequencing data analysis including:

  • Affymetrix GeneChip Command Console
  • Illumina iScan Control Software
  • Genome Studio
  • Ingenuity Pathway Analysis Software by Ingenuity
  • Genomics Suite by Partek
  • Sequencing Control Software, SAV Viewer by Illumina
  • BaseSpace by Illumina
  • Open source and custom scripting for sequencing data 


The Illumina NextSeq System harnesses proven Illumina sequencing by synthesis (SBS) technology to deliver highly accurate data and robust performance for multiple applications. SBS uses a reversible-terminator method, with fluorescently labeled nucleotides to detect single bases as they are incorporated into growing DNA strands. The NextSeq System leverages 2-channel SBS chemistry to offer efficient sequencing and data generation. 2-channel SBS reduces cycle and data processing times, while delivering the same high quality and accuracy that sets Illumina systems apart. This innovation makes NGS an affordable solution for use as an everyday tool. This System can deliver up to 120GB in 26 hours. For more information visit Illumina Website.​​
Theresa Pacheco
The Illumina MiSeq System combines proven sequencing by synthesis (SBS) reversible terminator chemistry technology with a workflow that enables cluster generation, sequencing, and base calling in 5 ~ 65 hours runtime. It uses a single flowcell single lane format. With the v3 reagents, it is capable to deliver up to 15 Gb information with 25 million sequencing reads and 2x300 bp read lengths. Sample prep kits are optimized for a variety of applications, such as small genome, amplicons, targeted gene panel sequencing. See more detail on Illumina website.

Tim Garrington
The Illumina NovaSEQ6000 System offers the highest daily throughput and lowest price per sample across multiple applications. The dual-flow cell NovaSEQ6000 System has the capacity to generate 6000 GB data in 30 hours. This sequencer has the capacity to sequence more samples at greater depth, generating richer, more meaningful data in less time. Taking advantage of the innovative patterned flwo cell technology first introduced in the HiSEQ X System, the NovaSEQ6000 System offer an exceptional liever of throughput. The Patterned Flow cell contains billion of nanowells at fixed locations. The structured organization of the flow cell provides for even cluster spacing and uniform feature size, enabling accurate resolution of flow cells clustered at extremely high densities. See more details on Illumina website. 

The 10X Genomics Chromium Single Cell Gene Expression Solution provides a comprehensive, scalable solution for cell characterization and gene expression profiling of hundreds to tens of thousands of cells. This platform partitions 500-80,000+ cells in under 9 minutes with a capture rate up to 65%.​

Ana Oton
The Illumina iScan system utilizes BeadArray microarray technology for a broad range of DNA and RNA analysis applications. Each bead on Illumina arrays is covered with hundreds of thousands of copies of specific oligos that act as the capture sequences in one of our array-based assays. iScan systems possess the advanced laser and optics components capable of handling even the highest density multi-sample arrays, producing high-quality data with rapid turnaround times. See more details on Illumina website.

Rajesh Agarwal ​​
The Affymetrix GeneChip scanner 3000 7G is a 16-bit resolution data acquisition confocal scanner which measures fluorescence intensity emitted by the labeled cRNA/cDNA bound to the probe arrays. It uses a high-quality, solid state 532nm Green Laser and the optics are designed to condition the laser beam to deliver an excitation spot size of 3.5 μm. See more details on the Affymetrix website.

Sonia Okuyama, MD
The Agilent SureScan Microarray Scanner is a laser induced fluorescence scanner designed to read microarrays printed on a standard 1 inch x 3 inch glass slides. It measures the fluorescence intensity of two dyes simultaneously from labeled sample nucleic acid bound to microarrays. See more details on the Agilent website.

Sonia Okuyama, MD
Covaris S220 Ultrasonicator utilizes an Adaptive Focused Acoustic (AFA) technology to delivers controlled energy precisely and accurately to sample volumes from 25 μl to 10 ml. When operated at higher intensity levels, the instrument can create a tunable shock wave environment with subsequent shear jet forces which has been demonstrated to be ideal for tissue disruption and DNA fragmentation applications. See more details on the Covaris website.

Sonia Okuyama, MD
The Agilent 2200 TapeStation system is a tape-based platform for RNA, DNA quality control. It provides simpler, faster and more reproducible data through minimal manual intervention using the pre-packaged assay ScreenTape. See more details on the Agilent website.

Sonia Okuyama, MD
The Agilent 4200 TapeStation system offers automated sample processing using ready to use ScreenTape technology for quick and reliable sample quality control within any Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), microarray (aCGH) or quantitative PCR (qPCR) workflow. The system offers fully automated sample processing for up to 96 samples producing reliable results in as little as 1-2 minutes per sample.