Genomics Core

Van Andel Institute’s Genomics Core provides a comprehensive suite of genomics services to investigators at the Institute and beyond.

The VAI Genomics Core uses ThirdWave Analytics Lockbox LIMS to facilitate project creation, submit sample information and track existing projects.

Project Submissions

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  • 171 studies published from Nov. 1, 2020 to Oct. 1, 2021
  • 68 studies in high-impact journals from Nov. 1, 2020-Oct. 1, 2021
  • 41 clinical trials launched

Services

The Genomics Core prides itself on conducting high-caliber science and providing exceptional customer service. For questions and pricing information, or to submit a service request, please email genomics@vai.org. For more information on requesting services, please scroll down.

 

SEQUENCING

10X Chromium single cell RNA sequencing

Ideal for measuring expression levels and dissecting cell types in thousands of single cells in a cost-effective manner.

10X Chromium linked read sequencing

Provides pseudo-long read whole genome and targeted sequencing to help resolve large scale genomic architecture and scaffolding, long-range haplotyping and structural variant detection.

Whole-genome sequencing

Whole-genome sequencing gives scientists the ability to comprehensively study the genome by providing a complete look at an organism’s genetic information.

Custom targeted sequencing

Targeted sequencing allows scientists to isolate and sequence a specific set of genes or areas of the genome, reducing cost and time to results as well as providing a more precise data set.

Exome sequencing

The majority of disease-associated variants are found in the exome, the region of the genome responsible for protein-coding. A type of targeted sequencing, exome sequencing gives scientists the ability to focus on genes that are more likely to be associated with a phenotype of interest while providing a faster and more cost effective alternative when whole-genome sequencing is not required.

Methylation sequencing

Focusing on CpG and enhancer-rich regions of the genome, methylation sequencing is aimed at determining epigenetic information in a more targeted, cost effective manner, when whole genome information is not necessary

Bisulfite sequencing (RRBS/WGBS)

Bisulfite sequencing interrogates the epigenetic information contained and mediated by cytosine modifications such as methylation (5mC) and hydroxymethylation (5hmC). Both reduced-representation and whole genome bisulfite sequencing options are available.

RNA-seq

RNA-seq is a precise method for analyzing the transcriptome, and provides quantitative as well as qualitative data.

ChIP-Seq

IP sequencing allows researchers to look at the specific extrachromosomal modifications (transcription factors, histone modifications) that affect gene accessibility, transcription and translation.

RIP-seq

Sequencing of actively transcribed regions of the RNA polymerase complex allows researchers to assess actively transcribed regions under specific growth conditions.

GENOTYPING

Illumina Bead Arrays

Using the iScan platform, the Illumina bead arrays allow for cost-effective interrogation of millions of unique genomic sites. Commonly run array types include: QC array, EPIC methylation array. Projects are expedited by automation on the Tecan Freedom EVO liquid handler

Real-time PCR

A staple of biomedical research, real-time PCR amplifies and analyzes specific RNAs to aid in the study of gene expression.

Digital droplet PCR

Much like real-time PCR, digital droplet is used to study gene expression but has the added ability to partition samples on a large scale while also requiring less sample volume.

HOW TO REQUEST SERVICES

Prior to requesting genomics services, please review the appropriate submission policies found here. All requests should be submitted via email to genomics@vai.org along with the completed, requisite form, which may be found below. Core staff will add the service request to CrossLab.

VAI staff that need a login (or further CrossLab support) should contact Lori Moon. MSU and external users that need a CrossLab account/login should go here for account creation. After logging in, external users should click “list all cores” under the Core Facilities section in the left menu and scroll down to “Cores at Van Andel Institute.”

For more information, please email genomics@vai.org.

Equipment

Equipment

The Genomics Core is home to state-of-the-art equipment and expert staff who provide a range of genomics services to internal and external users. Please email genomics@vai.org for more information.

Illumina NextSeq 500

A flexible sequencing system appropriate for small/mid-range RNAseq, ChIPseq and other next-generation sequencing applications

Illumina NovaSeq 6000

A high-throughput system for large-scale genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic studies.

Illumina iScan with Tecan Freedom EVO

A high-throughput genotyping system that can assay 288 individuals in a single run. Assays include:

  • Infinium EPIC methylation array
  • QC array
  • MultiEthnicGlobal array
  • Omni SNP genotyping arrays

10X Genomics Chromium

A nano droplet-based library preparation system that is useful for high-throughput single cell 3′ RNA expression analysis of single cell ATAC-seq and single cell immune profiling. Linked-read DNA analysis can provide structural and CNV information from genomics samples.

Shared equipment for walk-up use

The Genomics Core also provides a suite of shared equipment for walk-up use for well-trained, internal users. For questions or to set up training, please email genomics@vai.org.

Covaris LE220 Sonicator

Optimized for high-throughput, pre-analytical sample processing, including:

  • DNA shearing for next-gen sequencing
  • Cell lysis
  • Tissue disruption
  • Compound dissolution

BioRad CFX384 Well qPCR System

Offers a 384-well format with four-color detection optics for singleplex or multiplex reactions.

Qubit 2.0 Fluorometer

Provides accurate and sensitive DNA, RNA, and protein quantitation that is ideal for low concentration samples and samples entering next-gen sequencing library preparation.

Advanced Analytical Fragment Analyzer

Provides DNA and RNA quality and integrity analysis in a high throughput manner. Up to 288 samples can be analyzed at once.

BioRad Droplet Digital PCR

Absolute quantification of DNA or RNA PCR targets at single-copy resolution. Useful for:

  • Rare target enrichment
  • Copy number variation
  • Mutation detection
  • Gene expression analysis
  • DNA methylation detection

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Yang CH*, Fagnocchi L*, Apostle S, Wegert V, Casani-Galdón S, Landgraf K, Panzeri I, Dror E, Heyne S, Wörpel T, Chandler DP, Lu D, Yang T, Gibbons E, Guerreiro R, Brás J, Thomasen M, Grunnert LG, Vaag AA, Gillberg L, Grundberg, E, Conesa A, Körner A, PERMUTE, Pospisilik JA. 2022. Independent phenotypic plasticity axes define distinct obesity subtypesNat Metab.

*Co-first authorship
**Highlighted in News & Views
***The Core contributed to this work

Zhou W, Hinoue T, Barnes B, Mitchell O, Iqbal W, Lee SM, Foy KK, Lee KH, Moyer EJ, VanderArk A, Koeman JM, Ding W, Kalkat M, Spix NJ, Eagleson B, Pospisilik JA, Szabó PE, Bartolomei M, Vander Scaaf NA, Kang L, Wiseman AK, Jones PA, Krawczyk CM, Adams M, Porecha R, Chen BH, Shen H, Laird PW. Pre-print. DNA methylation dynamics and dysregulation delineated by high-throughput profiling in the mouse. bioRxiv.

Gupta R, Leimanis ML, Adams M, Bachmann AS, Uhl KL, Bupp CP, Hartog NL, Kort EJ, Olivero R, Comstock SS, Sanfilippo DJ, Lunt SY, Prokop JW, Rajasekaran S. In press. Balancing precision vs. cohort transcriptomic analysis of acute and recovery phase of viral bronchiolitisAm J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physio.

Grit JL, Johnson BK, Dischinger PS, Essenburg CJ, Adams M, Campbell S, Pollard K, Pratilas CA, Triche TJ Jr., Graveel CR, Steensma MR. 2021. Distinctive epigenomic alterations in NF1-deficient cutaneous and plexiform neurofibromas drive differential MKK/p38 signalingEpi Chromatin 14(7).

Marshall LL, Killinger BA, Ensink E, Li P, Li KX, Cui W, Lubben N, Weiland M, Wang X, Gordevicius J, Coetzee GA, Ma J, Jovinge S, Labrie V. 2020. Epigenomic analysis of Parkinson’s disease neurons identifies Tet2 loss as neuroprotectiveNat Neuro.

George JW, Fan H, Johnson B, Carpenter TJ, Foy KK, Chatterjee A, Patterson AL, Koeman JAdams M, Madaj ZB, Chesla D, Marsh EE, Triche TJ, Shen H, Teixeira JM. 2019. Integrated epigenome, exome, and transcriptome analyses reveal molecular subtypes and homeotic transformation in uterine fibroidsCell Rep.

deCarvalho AC, Kim H, Poisson LM, Winn ME, Mueller C, Cherba D, Koeman J, Seth S, Protopopov A, Felicella M, Zheng S, Multani A, Jiang Y, Zhang J, Nam DH, Petricoin EF, Chin L, Mikkelsen T, Verhaak RGW. 2018. Discordant inheritance of chromosomal and extrachromosomal DNA elements contributes to dynamic disease evolution in glioblastomaNat Genet 50(5):708–717.

Herbert ZT, Kershner JP, Butty VL, Thimmapuram J, Choudhari S, Alekseyev YO, Fan J, Podnar JW, Wilcox E, Gipson J, Gillaspy A, Jepsen K, BonDurant SS, Morris K, Berkeley M, LeClerc A, Simpson SD, Sommerville G, Grimmett L, Adams M, Levine SS. 2018. Cross-site comparison of ribosomal depletion kits for Illumina RNAseq library constructionBMC Genomics 19:199.

Gaskell J, Blanchette RA, Stewart PE, BonDurant S, Adams M, Sabat G, Kersten P, Cullen D. 2016. Transcriptome and secretome analyses of the wood decay fungus Wolfiporia cocos support alternative mechanisms of lignocellulose conversionAppl Environ Micro 82(13):3979–3987.

Baker EC, Wang B, Bellora N, Peris D, Hulfachor AB, Koshalek JA, Adams M, Libkind D, Hittinger CT. 2015. The genome sequence of Saccharomyces eubayanus and the domestication of lager-brewing yeasts. Mol Bio Evol 32: 2818-2831.

O’Grady T, Cao S, Strong MJ, Concha M, Wang X, BonDurant S, Adams M, Baddoo M, Srivastav SK, Lin Z, Fewell C, Yin Q, Flemington EK. 2014. Global bidirectional transcription of the Epstein-Barr Virus genome during reactivationJ Virology 88(3):1604–1616.

Newell MA, Vogel KE, Adams M, Aydin N, Bodnar AL, Ali M, Moran Lauter AN, Scott MP 2014. Genetic and biochemical differences in populations bred for extremes in maize grain methionine concentrationBMC Plant Bio 14:49.

Tromp DPM, Grupe DW, Oathes DJ, McFarlin DR, Hernandez PJ, Kral TRA, Lee JE, Adams M, Alexander AL, Nitschke JB. 2012. Reduced structural connectivity of frontolimbic pathway in generalized anxiety disorderArch Gen Psychiatry 69(9):925.

Robinson SJ, Samuel MD, Johnson CJ, Adams M, McKenzie DI. 2012. Emerging prion disease drives host selection in a wildlife populationEcol Appl 22(3):1050–1059.

Kolb AW, Adams M, Cabot EL, Craven M, Brandt CR. 2011. Multiplex sequencing of seven ocular herpes virus type-1 genomes: phylogeny, sequence variability and SNP distributionInvest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 52(12):9061–9073.

Kerley-Hamilton JS, Shanker S, Geskes J, Nicolet CM, Wright C, Thimmaupram J, Adams M, Gaudenz K, Fleharty B, Couget J, Warner D, Herbert ZT, Grove DS, Chiuttur S, Wilcox E, Beckloff N, Levine SS. Inter-laboratory comparisons of DNA and RNA quality assessment. (white paper)

Marie Adams, M.S.

Director, Genomics Core

Katelyn Becker, M.S.

Genomics Core Associate I

Rebecca Siwicki, B.S.

Genomics Core Associate I

Marc Wegener, B.S.

Genomics Core Associate II

Tracey Avequin, B.S.

Research Associate

Project Submission

VAI’s Genomics Core uses ThirdWave Analytics Lockbox LIMS to facilitate project creation, submit sample information and track existing projects. First-time users should first request a LIMS account by emailing genomics@vai.org

To create a project or view an existing project, login to the LIMS system here:

Lims Login

After project submission, samples can be brought to VAI either in person or shipped.

  • In-person sample drop-off can be scheduled by emailinggenomics@vai.org and logistics@vai.org with the date and time you would like to drop off your materials. Please provide at least one business day notice of your drop-off.
  • Samples can be shipped on dry ice using an overnight courier such as FedEx. Place all samples in a secondary structural box. Please place a paper manifest in the shipping container and email any tracking information to genomics@vai.org. Our shipping address is:
  • Van Andel Institute Genomics Core
    333 Bostwick Ave NE, Room 1211
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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