The UMGC Informatics Group provides bioinformatic analysis and data management services for the Genomics Center and its clients. Areas of expertise include Illumina short-read sequencing, PacBio long-read sequencing, Genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS), 10x Genomics, microbiome and metagenomics, and RNA-Seq.


John Garbe, PhD – Informatics Group Lead

Trina Kuriger-Laber, MSc – Bioinformatics Analyst

Juan Abrahante, PhD – Informatics Institute Bioinformatics Analyst

Service Areas

NGS Data Analysis

We provide a variety of data analysis services to both internal and external clients with UMN researchers receiving no cost analysis for certain services. Please contact the service manager for more information.

  • Illumina Basic QC Analysis
  • 10x Genomics Analysis (Cellranger, Spaceranger)
  • Nanostring GeoMX QC Analysis 
  • PacBio SMRTlink Analysis
  • PacBio bacterial genome assembly
  • Genotyping-by-Sequencing (GBS) data analysis
  • 16s/18s/ITS1 microbiome marker gene data analysis
  • Shallow shotgun metagenomics analysis
  • Human germline whole-genome and whole-exome variant calling
  • RNA-Seq QC Analysis
  • SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing data analysis
Data access and download support

We can help you with any problems you encounter accessing or downloading your data from the Genomics Center. We also maintain an extensive archive of customer data – let us know if you have lost or misplaced a dataset as we may be able to track down your data or re-deliver it.

Internal data download instructions can be found here.

External data download instructions can be found here.

Other UMN bioinformatic service providers

The Informatics Institute (UMII) assists UMN researchers with experimental planning, in silico sample processing, pipeline development, data analysis, and publication visuals. For no-cost bioinformatic services that relate to the Genomics Center:

  • Trevor Gould provides metagenomic shotgun, 16S, and ITS marker gene survey analysis with custom analysis for researchers at the UMN.
  • Juan Abrahante facilitates the analysis of next-generation sequencing data generated at the Genomics Center by implementing and running pipelines for RNA-Seq and DNA-Seq type projects.

In addition, the Research Informatics Solutions (RIS) group at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) provides sustained bioinformatics research support, including project planning, data analysis, and pipeline development. Please contact for project consult.