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Welcome to the CCIB DNA Core at MGH!

Description

Founded in 1995, the MGH DNA Core (now CCIB DNA Core) is a well-established major research core laboratory within the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology of Massachusetts General Hospital Boston. Our state-of-the-art facility provides a wide range of high-quality, cutting-edge services (molecular biology, genomics and laboratory automation) and access to advanced instrumentation, methodologies and expertise. The majority of our clients are investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the greater Partners research community. We also serve researchers from external academic and medical centers as well as investigators from industry throughout the United States and across the world.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to accelerate fundamental scientific discoveries that will improve human health. Our professional team is committed to helping investigators solve highly diverse biological and biomedical research questions by providing a diverse portfolio of state-of-the-art services, specialized expertise, detailed advice and support. We are constantly striving to advance research productivity by reliably generating the highest quality data with rapid turn-around time and competitive pricing, and by working with our customers on an individual basis to address and satisfy their specific research needs.

Research Services

The CCIB DNA Core has a 20+ year proven track record for increasing research efficiency with trusted high-quality services at competitive rates. The facility serves as a One-Stop Shop with a diverse portfolio of solutions in molecular biology, genomics and laboratory automation.

Our Sanger DNA Sequencing division of the core laboratory functions both as a small-scale sequencing facility and a center for large-scale sequencing projects. It offers conventional Sanger DNA sequencing including various supporting services as well as DNA Fragment Analysis (Microsatellite / MLPA Analysis).

The core facility also offers specific Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) applications: The core team has developed a low-cost high-throughput approach for Complete Plasmid Sequencing, which combines massively parallel sequencing with automated plasmid assembly. This new and unique service was officially launched in September 2014. In March 2015, the core team added a second NGS application to its expanding portfolio of genomics solutions - a cost-effective, high-throughput strategy for identifying CRISPR/Cas-induced mutations via deep sequencing of PCR amplicons, CRISPR Amplicon Sequencing. The next two specialized NGS applications, Complete Amplicon Sequencing and Viral Genome Sequencing, were launched in August 2017.

Our DNA Synthesis group serves the research community with custom oligonucleotides (standard, degenerate, and modified oligonucleotides). To expand our in-house capabilities in this service area, we have partnered with a trusted third-party vendor.

Our Laboratory Automation group has been designed as a flexible entity within the DNA Core to extend the benefits of laboratory automation to a diverse user group and to assist in the execution of a variety of molecular biology projects that require large-scale robotics support. The group offers standard and custom high-throughput sample processing services, including protocol development, for various molecular biology and genomics applications.
Current standard services of the automation group include Mouse Genotyping, cDNA and siRNA library screening, bacterial colony picking and archiving, and 96-well plasmid DNA preparation. Custom services include but are not limited to RNA and cDNA preparation, cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, protein expression, and custom PCR assays.

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In addition to providing the currently existing services for the research community, all three divisions of the CCIB DNA Core are continuously engaged in the evaluation of new service options, in the development and implementation of new services, and in the optimization of current technologies and services.

Customer Base

The CCIB DNA Core Facility has a well-established and continuously increasing client base. Currently, the core is working with more than 700 researchers within the Partners research community as well as with about 150 external customers.

A Brief History

In 1995, the current DNA Sequencing unit of the CCIB DNA Core was established as an autonomous core facility (the MGH Sequencing Core) within the Department of Molecular Biology at MGH and has been continuously operating since. A separate independent core, the DNA Synthesis Core, was added in the year 1996. In 2003, both cores moved into the newly formed Center for Computational & Integrative Biology (CCIB). In 2009, CCIB launched the Laboratory Automation Core. One year later (2010), all three original cores were merged into a single core facility, the CCIB DNA Core.

Leadership

Nicole Stange-Thomann, Ph.D.
Core Director
Phone: 617-726-0085
Email: nstange-thomann@ccib.mgh.harvard.edu

Mason Freeman, M.D.
Faculty Director
Phone: 617-726-5906
Email: mfreeman@ccib.mgh.harvard.edu

Brian Seed, Ph.D.
Faculty Director (Laboratory Automation)
Phone: 617-726-5975
Email: bseed@ccib.mgh.harvard.edu