GHTF Equipment

HiSeq 2500 and HiSeq 4000

Illumina HiSeq 2000


  • DNA Sequencing,
  • Gene Regulation Analysis,
  • Sequencing-Based Transcriptome Analysis,
  • SNP Discovery and Structural Variation Analysis,
  • Cytogenetic Analysis,
  • DNA-Protein Interaction Analysis (ChIP-Seq),
  • Sequencing-Based Methylation Analysis,
  • Small RNA Discovery and Analysis


cBot Cluster Generation System

Illumina cBot Cluster Generation System

The cluster generation process on cBot has been significantly streamlined. Innovative features such as pre-packaged reagents, a single flow cell manifold, and integrated touch screen controls make the best next generation sequencing workflow even better.

cBot isothermally amplifies cDNA fragments that have been captured by complementary adapter oligonucleotides covalently bound to the surface of Illumina flow cells. Flow cells facilitate access of bound DNA to enzymes while ensuring high stability of surface-bound template and low non-specific binding of fluorescently-labeled nucleotides. Attached DNA fragments are extended and bridge amplified to create hundreds of millions of clusters, each of which contains ~1,000 identical copies of a single template molecule.

Covaris S220 Focused Acoustic Shearer

Applications: Tissue disruption and homogenization; sample extraction for metabolic and proteomic profiling; DNA shearing; chromatin shearing; RNA extraction; cell lysis; compound dissolution; compound formulation;ADME/Tox

Overview: The scalable energy of the S-series systems processes various volumes and masses in seconds. Sample integrity is maintained as the Covaris process is non-contact (for example, no evaporation or probe contact) and non-ionizing. As the process occurs in a closed vessel, there is no cross-talk between samples. Additionally, closed tube processing allows head-space modification, such as a biochemically inert gas for labile molecules. Isothermal, reflux processes from 4ºC to 40ºC are standard.

Agilent Bioanalyzer 2100

Most user supplied RNA or DNA samples (depending on the specific protocol followed and source material provided) are initially QC checked using the Agilent Bioanalyzer 2100 and/or the NanoDrop ND-1000 spectrophotometer.

Due to the instability of RNA and the near universal presence of RNases, performing an RNA integrity check prior to sample processing steps is essential for confidence in the final results of gene expression analysis studies. The Agilent Bioanalyzer 2100 offers a microfluidics-based platform for rapid analysis using only a very small portion of your provided total RNA samples. For further information on this instrument and its capabilities, please check the Agilent Bioanalyzer 2100 webpage.

Agilent Mx3005P Real-Time PCR Instrument

Cited in more than 3000 publications, the Agilent Mx3005P and Mx3000P QPCR Systems are the most flexible—and reliable—instruments available for gene expression analysis, microarray data validation, SNP genotyping, pathogen detection, DNA methylation analysis, and chromatin immuno-precipitation studies. Agilent’s qPCR software, MxPro, provides users with an intuitive interface, quick experiment design, powerful data analysis and easy report generation.

Agilent Mx3005P Spectrophotometer webpage.

NanoDrop ND-1000 Spectrophotometer

There are many brands of spectrophotometers (and infrequently calibrated) in use across laboratories, departments and institutions, each with varying degrees of accurate capabilities in reading small quantities of precious samples.

We strictly rely on our Facility's NanoDrop ND-1000 spectrophotometer when assessing the quantity/concentration levels of all user supplied samples. Our calibrated ND-1000 enables a uniform method for highly accurate analyses of extremely small samples with remarkable reproducibility. For further information on this instrument and its capabilities, please check the NanoDrop ND-1000 Spectrophotometer webpage.

Speed-Vac Concentrator System

Depending on the precise assay protocol being followed, we ask users to make available a specific amount of sample material at a defined concentration.

When users don't, or are unable to supply samples that meet established guidelines, the Facility's SDP Speed-Vac Concentrator with UVS400 Universal Vacuum System is used to concentrate provided nucleic acid materials. This method is preferred over EtOH precipitation approaches as there is no loss of precious material and no chance of added remaining salt contamination effecting downstream enzymatic processing steps.

Specific Affymetrix Instrumentation

Affymetrix Instrumentation present within the UCI Genomics High-Throughput Facility (GHTF) consists of the following:

GeneChip Hybridization Ovens 640 and 320

- for overnight hybridization of target RNAs or DNAs with the DNA oligo probes found on an Expression, Exon, Tiling or Mapping/SNP GeneChip array.

Three GeneChip Fluidics Stations 450

Each is capable of processing up to four GeneChip arrays at a time, allowing for automated washing and staining protocols of the hybridized arrays.

GeneChip 3000 Scanner 7G with Autoloader

installed and a dedicated dual processor computer workstation for scanning the resulting arrays and quantifying the amount of bound target at each probe cell site of an array; the unit additionally acts as the controller for the GeneChip Fluidics Stations and Scanner.

PacBio RS II

The PacBio RS II is based on a novel single-molecule, real-time technology which enable the observation of natural DNA synthesis by a DNA polymerase in real time.  The sequencing occurs on SMRT cells each containing thousands of zero-mode waveguides (ZMWs).  The ZMWs provide a window for watching the DNA polymerase as it performs sequencing by synthesis.  The PacBio RS is amplification free and capable of multi-kilobase reads.  Applications include de novo assembly, analysis of epigenetic modifications and characterization of genomic variation including repeat expansions, full length transcripts and splice variants, compound mutations and haplotype phasing and SNP detection and validation.

PacBio RS II brochure



NanoString’s technology uses color-coded molecular barcodes that can hybridize to directly to different types of target molecules.  This is a true digital detection technology that is capable of direct profiling of individual molecules in a single reaction without amplification.  This technology is ideal for applications requiring efficient, high precision quantititation of hundreds of target molecules across a sample set.  RNA analysis applications include gene expression, single cell gene expression, lncRNA expression, miRNA expression and Leukemia fusion gene analysis.  Applications for DNA analysis include copy number variation and ChIP-String expression analyses.

Fluidigm C1 Single-Cell Auto Prep System

The first automated solution for single-cell genomics research, the C1 Single-Cell Auto Prep system employs innovative microfluidic technology to rapidly and reliably isolate, process and prepare individual cells for genome and transcriptome analysis.  The C1 system isolates single cells into individual reaction chambers in Fludigm's integrated fluidic circuit (IFC).  The optically clear IFC allows for automated staining of captured cells and examination by microscopy for viability, surface markers or reporter genes.  After staining, cells are automatically lysed and template is quickly prepared for qPCR or sequencing analysis.  The applications for this system include, gene expression and single-cell genomics.

BioNano Irys

Genome maps are generated from massively parallel, single-molecule visualization of extremely long DNA without amplification, providing long-range contiguity and eliminating PCR bias.

DNA molecules labeled with IrysPrep reagents contain sufficient sequence-uniqueness to unambiguously map to a reference or assemble de novo. The result is a comprehensive, accurate, unbiased view that provides unique insights into genome structure and opens the door to countless applications, both with and without sequencing.  BioNano Genomics Webpage