UMGC Pilot Sequencing Program Seminar

Join us to learn more about the program, eligibility, and types of pilot projects

Tuesday, March 28th
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
1-125 Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building 
View the recording and slides

The UMGC Pilot Sequencing Program supports the use of high-throughput sequencing solutions for genomics research at the University of Minnesota. The goal of this program is to enable researchers to generate pilot data to submit in support of future NIH/NSF grant proposals. To help UMN investigators generate preliminary data, the UMGC has partnered with Illumina to subsidize sequencing pilot projects, and also 10X Genomics to support single-cell pilot projects. In this seminar:

  • The UMGC will go over the details of the Pilot Sequencing Program and answer questions during the interactive Q&A. 
  • Illumina will discuss common NGS applications for a pilot project, and the different technical aspects to consider when selecting the NovaSeq, NextSeq, and MiSeq for your pilot project.
  • 10X Genomics will present on 3’ or 5’ gene expression pilot projects. 


  • Aaron Becker, UMGC NGS Instrumentation Manager
  • Logan Silber, Illumina Sequencing Specialist 
  • Egon Ranghini, Ph.D., Science and Technology Advisor, 10x Genomics

Coffee and snacks will be provided. This is an in-person seminar, but the slides and recording will be available after the seminar for those registered. 

The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM on Friday, April 21, 2023. Pilot projects can be for any NGS application on our website that uses 400 million reads of sequencing or less.

Additional support:

  • Tuesday, April 11: Illumina office hours from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., CCRB atrium. Sign-up.
  • Wednesday, April 12: 10X Genomics office hours, CCRB atrium. Drop in or make an appointment for office hours.
  • Friday, April 14: UMGC Duluth office hours from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., SMED 146.