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Genome Research Core


Please follow the COVID-19 guidelines before requesting services, projects, or scheduling equipment. 

If you have any flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath) please do not use the core services. You should stay home and follow the appropriate guidelines as indicated

by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) -

News/Current Events   

New in 2024

  • We now offer Membership for 24/7 swipe card access to sample QC  instruments located in Rm E323, MSB: NanoDrop One, Qubit 4.0, and TapeStation 2200.
  • The nCounter SPRINT Profiler by Nanostring is available to our research community. Users will be able to book instrument time for their runs in the Schedule Equipment tab - coming soon!  


Getting Started

To reserve time on the equipment or request services, you must have an iLab account.

Obtaining an iLab account

  • UIC NetID is now fully integrated with iLab
  • For detailed registration information please visit RRC Get Started
  • All fields must be filled out completely and accurately 
  • If you have any questions about account registration, please email

Logging into iLab

  • To log in, please type in your institutional email or UIC NetID and password at the top right of this page.


Overview of the Services

The University of Illinois at Chicago, Genome Research Core strives to support your research efforts by providing access to equipment, technical and scientific expertise, and rapid sample analysis at a reasonable price. In addition to providing technical services, our staff and director are happy to provide advice on choosing proper reagents, training on self-use instrumentation, and on developing the right technical and scientific approach for the analysis of your samples. We will endeavor to provide you with access to the newest technologies and the resources to analyze your data. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. The best way to reach us is by email.

We provide a suite of services, including, but not limited to:

  • Single-cell analyses
  • RNA-Sequencing
  • Shotgun and amplicon sequencing
  • High-throughput Amplicon
  • Nucleic Acid Extraction and QC
  • Sanger Sequencing
  • Real-Time PCR (qPCR)

We have instruments that can be used by our customers: 

  • NanoDrop One - Thermo Scientific™ Microvolume UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Covaris S2 acoustic shearing device – for library preparations, including ChIP-seq
  • Life Technologies Viia7 (CMWT A-311) - (96-well standard, 96-well fast, and 384-well interchangeable blocks)

More services using the following instrumentation: 

  • Life Technologies 3730xl Analyzer – for Sanger (Daily) sequencing
  • Sage Scientific PippinPrep – for automated size selection of DNA fragments
  • Agilent TapeStation 4200– for automated electrophoretic analysis of DNA and RNA samples
  • Life Technologies Qubit – for DNA/RNA quantification
  • Illumina MiniSeq, MiSeq and NextSeq500 Instruments - Next-Generation sequencers
  • Bullet Blender – sample homogenizing
  • MP FastPrep-24 5G – sample homogenizing
  • Promega Maxwell 16 – for extracting DNA and RNA from a variety of sample types
  • Promega Maxwell RSC – for extracting DNA and RNA from a variety of sample types 
  • Qiagen QIAcube – for extracting DNA and RNA from a variety of sample types 








Name Role Phone Email Location
General Lab Contact

Dr. Zarema Arbieva
Core Director
Nina Los
Lab Manager

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Our main mailing address is 835 S Wolcott, CMWT A-301, Chicago, IL 60612, which is indicated on this map:

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The map is slightly confusing because our building is connected with many other buildings. Therefore, please use these directions:

-->If you are coming by car, the most convenient parking garage that accepts credit cards is next to the UIC Hospital on Wood St, between Grenshaw and Filmore streets. Walk North on Wolcott until you reach the corner of Wolcott and Polk. Enter the building and use the elevators to get to the third floor. When you get off of the elevator turn left around the corner. Our lab is the first room on your left (A-310).

-->If you are coming by public transportation, the most convenient is to come by CTA Pink line and get off at Polk Station. Walk straight west until you reach the corner of Polk and Wolcott. Enter the building and use the elevators to get to the third floor. When you get off of the elevator turn left around the corner. Our lab is the first room on your left (A-310). If arriving by blue line, the appropriate stop is Illinois Medical District.