Spring 2019 Newsletter

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Spring news

In 2019, the Genomics Center plans to complete the implementation of our “Do-it Yourself” Genomics service offerings, which will permit our clients to come to access select UMGC devices directly in our labs, including the Illumina iSeq. We are looking to facilitate broader use of our newer platforms, like the Illumina NovaSeq and NextSeq and the Oxford Nanopore GridION, with lower service rates and focused trainings. Our spring GenoFling event will focus on gene expression services, and as always, we will be holding a GenoPitch competition in which we offer free technology services to the winner of an audience-judged grant pitching competition. We hope to see you in April.

— Kenny Beckman, Ph.D. | Genomics Center Director



Now Open – GenoPitch Tech Award Competition

Have an innovative scientific idea? Your 5-minute pitch could get you $2,500 in technology service at the Genomics Center. GenoPitch is a university-wide “Shark Tank” style competition for eligible scientists to pitch their genomics idea to an audience of their peers at GenoFling. Now accepting proposals for the qualifying round. Learn more and register


March 13th – Illumina NovaSeq Sequencing Grant
To assist UMN researchers in exploring the NovaSeq’s capabilities, the Genomics Center and Illumina have partnered on a university-wide grant opportunity to support deep, next-generation sequencing projects. This competition is a two-step process that starts this spring with subsidized pilot sequencing, and winds up in the fall with two researchers receiving individual S2 flow cells valued at up to $21,000 each. Learn more


April 19th – GenoFling Technology Updates and Vendor Fair
Our spring event provides updates on emerging trends in genomics technologies, future plans for our core facility, and application solutions for UMN researchers. Though technical presentations from field scientists and the Genomics Center, an array of break-out sessions, and a vendor fair, UMN researchers can explore recent advancements and find new solutions to research challenges. Agenda includes PacBio, Oxford Nanopore, Illumina, and more.

Event details and register


next gen

Next-Generation Sequencing | Lower NovaSeq Rates & New Flow Cell
UMN researchers will now be able to sequence more for less on the NovaSeq and NextSeq instruments. The release of the S Prime flow cell gives researchers with smaller run sizes access to the more cost-effective NovaSeq instrument. Illumina announces a local NovaSeq sequencing grant with two UMN researchers receiving S2 flow cells. Learn more


Do-It-Yourself Genomics | New Service for Direct User Access
The new Illumina iSeq 100 instrument is available in CCRB for UMN researchers to sequence their own libraries with results uploaded to BaseSpace the next day. Droplet digital PCR continues to be a popular instrument for direct user access at our NHH site and nanopore sequencing on the GridION X5 will be available soon at our Snyder site in St. Paul. Learn more

Long read seq

Long-read Sequencing | PacBio Updates & Microbial Sequencing
The new 3.0 chemistry provides significant improvement in accuracy for HiFi reads. High-quality complete microbial genomes are within reach with technical updates and improved pricing. The Genomics Center undergoes annual standardized PacBio certification. Learn more


CoreBiome | Dr. Beckman and Dr. Gohl’s Start-up Acquired by OraSure

Earlier this year, CoreBiome, a 2017 company started by Dr. Kenny Beckman, Dr. Daryl Gohl, and Dr. Dan Knight, was acquired by the diagnostic company OraSure. Based out of St. Paul at the UEL, their start-up company provides microbiome services using high-resolution DNA sequencing to provide highly accurate genomic profiles for pharmaceutical, agriculture, and academic research. Read the full story behind their success

Job Opportunities | The Genomics Center is a dynamic, team-driven workplace, where recent undergraduates through experienced Ph.D.s collaborate in a productive work environment. We offer a competitive salary with comprehensive U of M benefits. Sign-up to be on our job mailing list to hear about future postings.


PacBio | Winner of the Structural Variant SMRT grant announced – MN Genomics Center host site.

Illumina | Survey to determine interest in library prep with Illumina.

NanoString | Grant Program for nCounter CAR-T Characterization Gene Expression Panel -deadline April 5th.

BioLegend | Seminar on TotalSeq and the Future of Single Cell Analysis on March 27th.

BioNano | Survey to gauge UMN interest in a Saphyr instrument for rapid, long-range genome mapping.