UTHealth Human Genetics Center Laboratory

About Us

The Human Genetics Center (HGC) was established as a research center within the School of Public Health in September of 1994 at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). It represents the consolidation of two long-standing research Centers that have been joint enterprises of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Public Health. The HGC Laboratory utilizes the latest genomic technology to understand the etiology of many common chronic diseases in human populations and uses contemporary scientific methods to facilitate the progress of future genomic research which includes elucidation of the interactions between genes and environment and translation of these findings into precision medicine initiatives to help guide decisions regarding the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. (Photo above by Nash Baker.)


Dr. Eric Boerwinkle is Dean of the School of Public Health and Director of the Human Genetics Center Laboratory which has more than 20 years of experience in large collaborative epidemiological studies involving the determination of human genetic variation. The HGC Laboratory has all necessary equipment needed to carry out current methodologies in molecular genetics research and is experienced in many methods for genotyping and epityping spanning low to high throughput capacities that can be tailored to meet your individual project goals. DNA and RNA extraction, aliquoting and management of hundreds of thousands of samples from several large population-based projects are routinely performed.


Dr. Alanna Morrison is Director of the Human Genetics Center and tenured Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences at The University of Texas School of Public Health. She is trained in statistical genetics and has expertise in genomic studies of various disease endpoints. Dr. Morrison has carried out several large-scale genomic studies, including genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and evaluation of population-based re-sequencing data. She has lead the analysis of genomic data, including association studies involving HapMap and 1000 Genomes imputed variation, exome sequence, Illumina HumanExome v1.0 BeadChip (“exome chip”) array data, and whole genome sequence.


Data Management:  The HGC Laboratory has developed and uses an in-house Laboratory Information Management system (LIMS) for accurate sample tracking and data collection. Data transfer is accomplished using a client-server computing system that integrates specialized laboratory instrumentation, custom client applications, barcode scanning devices, and high-capacity database server technology. Sample inventory and freezer storage is managed using in-house custom applications that track sample attributes, monitor laboratory activities and store inventory data to SQL Server databases. All samples and reagents are bar-coded, and each piece of equipment has bar-code readers. Data is backed-up nightly and tape backups are stored off-site for safe-keeping.


Biorepository Facilities:  Long term liquid nitrogen and ultra-low freezer storage facilities are available for safe storage of biological specimens. All freezers are connected to a call-down alarm system and personnel are available at all times to respond to emergencies.


Genotyping and Epityping Expertise:  The HGC Core Laboratory has more than two decades of experience and we have extensive knowledge with low and high throughput genotyping technologies, including Illumina Infinium arrays, Life Technologies TaqMan and Open Array, Agena Biosciences iPlex MassARRAY)and EpiTYPER, and Pyrosequencing genotyping platforms. The HGC Laboratory is fully automated and utilizes a suite of robotic liquid handlers, including the Tecan EVO, Hamilton Starlet and several Beckman robotic workstations. The HGC Core Laboratory has processed hundreds of thousands of samples to date using Illumina Infinium chemistry from both gDNA and samples derived from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue which have resulted in publications in top tier journals (see references below); including a large Epigenome Wide Association Study of African Americans (Demerath et al., 2015) and a large genetic array project which comprised >62,000 samples (Grove et al., 2013). The HGC Core Laboratory serves as the NHLBI-contract facility for the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study, Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) Centralized Omic REsource (CORE), and is collaborating with other cohorts, such as the Framingham Heart Study (FHS), Cardiac Arrest Blood Study (CABS), Genetic Epidemiology Network of Arteriopathy (GENOA) study, Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study (CARDIA), and pediatric leukemia cancer survivors with the aim of understanding or identifying a novel, modifiable molecular basis for disease risk. The Core also participates in multi-institutional collaborations such as the Cohorts for Hearth and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) Epigenetics working group to stay abreast of technical and analytical improvements in working with genome-wide genetic and methylation data and has the capacity to perform follow up measurements or validation of significantly associated CpG sites using EpiTYPER (Agena Bioscience; San Diego, CA).


Overview of Services


Illumina Whole Genome and Consortium Arrays

Whole-genome genotyping provides an overview of the entire genome, enabling genome-wide discoveries and associations. The following arrays are routinely used, but there are many Illumina arrays not listed which can be easily performed.

  • Global Screening Array
    • ~660,000 fixed markers; up to 50,000 custom marker add-on capacity
  • HumanOmni2.5-8
    • >2.3 million fixed markers; up to 200,000 custom marker add-on capacity
  • Human Omni2.5Exome
    • >2.6 million fixed markers
  • HumanOmniExpress
    • ~710,000 fixed markers; up to 30,000 custom marker add-on capacity
  • Human Exome
    • 243,345 fixed markers; up to 400,000 custom marker add-on capacity
  • HumanCoreExome
    • 551,839 fixed markers; up to 100,000 custom marker add-on capacity
  • MEGAEX  Array (formerly African Diaspora_PowerChip)
    • >1.4 million fixed markers; up to 245,000 custom marker add on capacity
  • MEG Array
    • >1.7 million fixed markers; up to 245,000 custom marker add-on capacity

Custom Mid to High-Plex Genotyping

  • Illumina iSelect Beadchips
    • Design a custom genotyping panel that supports up to 1,000,000 custom markers (SNPs, indels, and CNVs). iSelect can be deployed on either the 24-sample HD (3,072 to 90,000), 24-sample HTS (90,001 to 700,000), or other BeadChip format to support greater than 700,000 markers. Creation of these custom assays enables focused, high-throughput genotyping applications tailored to your unique project needs.

Custom Low to Mid-Plex Genotyping

  • Life Technologies TaqMan Allelic Discrimination Assays
    • Applied Biosystems (AB) TaqMan Assay provides a fast and simple way to get single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping results. Each TaqMan SNP Genotyping Assay includes two allele-specific TaqMan probes containing distinct fluorescent dyes and a PCR primer pair to detect specific SNP targets.
  • Agena Bioscience MassARRAY
    • Applied Biosystems (AB) TaqMan Assay provides a fast and simple way to get single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping results. Each TaqMan SNP Genotyping Assay includes two allele-specific TaqMan probes containing distinct fluorescent dyes and a PCR primer pair to detect specific SNP targets.

Epigenetics: Methylation Analysis

  • Illumina Methylation EPIC Array
    • MethylationEPIC BeadChip offers a unique combination of comprehensive, expert-selected coverage, including 99% of RefSeq genes, 95% of CpG islands, ENCODE enhancer regions, and other content categories selected by methylation experts, making it ideal for epigenome-wide association studies (EWAS).
  • EpiTYPER DNA Methylation
    • Agena Bioscience’s EpiTYPER DNA methylation analysis technology allows you to interrogate tens to hundreds of CpGs in amplicons of up to 600 bp and detect down to 5% differences in methylation.


Illumina Laboratory Best Practices and Quality Control

     Genotyping laboratory best practices will be followed using established Illumina protocols (www.illumina.com) and as previously described in Grove et al. It has been well documented that the GenCall algorithm used by Illumina’s GenomeStudio software has difficulty accurately detect and assigning genotype calls of rare variants (MAF < 0.01) (Korn et al., 2008; Ritchie et al., 2011). In order to capture these missed rare variants, we will perform additional post processing steps which include using zCall v3.4_GenomeStudio (Goldstein et al., 2012) to statistically determine genotypes of missing calls. The original dataset from GenomeStudio (with missing calls) will then be compared to the zCalled dataset, and a list of variants in which the heterozygote count is different between the two datasets will be manually reviewed for accuracy and calling. The final dataset will then be converted to PLINK (Purcell et al., 2007) and returned to the provider in a analysis-ready format.


Genomic Data Analysis and Quality Control

***Please inquire to set up a consultation to discuss your project needs.


Sample Handling and Storage


FFPE Repair
Formalin-Fixed, Paraffin-Embedded (FFPE)-derived DNA can be used by first repairing degraded DNA using the Infinium HD FFPE DNA Restore Kit from Illumina.


Bisulfite Conversion
The EZ-96 DNA Methylation™ Kit from Zymo Research is used to convert cytosine to uracil before methylation array analyses. This is the required kit recommended by Illumina for use with their arrays.


DNA extraction
Gentra Puregene Blood Kits enable purification of high-molecular-weight (100–200 kb) DNA suitable for archiving. The scalable purification procedure gently removes contaminants and inhibitors and allows large-volume samples to be purified for use as long-term references. Gentra Puregene Blood Kits use approximately 1.5 mL of starting material (buffy coats, saliva, serum, and umbilical cord blood) and yield roughly 200-400 µg of gDNA, but can be scaled to individual project needs.


RNA extraction
The RNA isolation from PAXgene blood samples is conducted with the MagMAX for Stabilized Blood Tubes RNA Isolation Kit provided by Life Technologies. This kit is ideal for PCR, RT-PCR and RNA sequencing applications. The kit uses the magnetic-based purification components to isolate RNA and yields are routinely ≥3 μg from 2.5 mL of human whole blood.

GLOBINclear™-Human Kits are used to deplete >95% of the alpha and beta globin mRNA from total RNA preparations derived from whole blood for samples that will undergo future sequencing. Globin removal allows for detection of up to 50% more genes and achieves greater representation of the genome.





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Eric Boerwinkle, PhD, Dean UTHealth School of Public Health; Professor of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences 

Alanna C. Morrison, PhD, FAHA, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences; Director, Human Genetics Center

Megan L. Grove, MS, Principal Laboratory Specialist; Associate Director, Human Genetics Center Laboratory

Location and Hours of Operation

UTHealth Human Genetics Center Laboratory

1200 Pressler Street

Houston TX 77030


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CT)


Name Role Phone Email Location
Megan Grove, MS
Principal Laboratory Specialist; Associate Director


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UTHealth Flow Cytometry Service Center

<p>The Flow Cytometry Service Center provides a broad range of assisted and unassisted flow cytometry services from basic 2 color analysis to advanced 14 parameter analysis and multi population cell sorting.</p>

Alicia Blancas, Ph.D. Alicia.A.Blancas@uth.tmc.edu 713-500-2486
UTHealth Human Genetics Center Laboratory

Megan Grove, MS HGC_lab@uth.tmc.edu 713-500-9800
UTHealth Magnetic Resonance Imaging Core

The MR group provides advanced MRI techniques, including selective tissue imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging, diffusion tensor imaging to neurological disorders, central nervous system trauma, and drug addiction both in humans and animal models.

Ponnada Narayana, Ph.D Ponnada.A.Narayana@uth.tmc.edu 713-500-7677
UTHealth NanoChemistry Service Center

The Nanochemistry Service Center provides provides custom synthesis, labeling, and chemical coupling of DNA thioaptamers and nanoparticles and large-scale, high-resolution 3D printing services.

David Volk, PhD david.volk@uth.tmc.edu 713-500-3611
UTHealth Proteomics Service Center

The CTPC services provided are designed to identify and quantitate proteins and their modifications in a broad range of research specimens from simple purified protein samples to biomarker discovery and verification in complex mixtures such as cell and tissue extracts, plasma andor other biofluids

Li Li Li.Li@uth.tmc.edu 713-500-2456
UTHealth Quantitative Genomics & Microarray Service Center

The Quantitative Genomics Microarray Core Lab can perform all techniques associated with a qPCR instrument, quantitative Meso Scale ELISAs and microarrays utilizing Illumina and Agilent arrays.

David Loose, Ph.D. David.S.Loose@uth.tmc.edu 713-500-7440
UTHealth Small Animal Cardiovascular Phenotyping Service Center

Siddharth Prakash Siddharth.K.Prakash@uth.tmc.edu 713-500-7003
UTHealth Therapeutic Antibody Core

The Therapeutic Antibody Core aims to provide statewide support and service to advance lead antibodies from academic laboratories to the stage of preclinical development.

Zhiqiang An, PhD Zhiqiang.An@uth.tmc.edu 713-500-3011
UTHealth Transgenic and Stem Cells Service Center

Eva Zsigmond, PhD eva.m.zsigmond@uth.tmc.edu 713-500-2453
Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
UTHSA Bioanalytics and Single-Cell Core

Lab offers Luminex bead array, HTP pyrosequencing, and WES capillary Westerns. Single cell analysis include: immunofluorescence micromanipulator manual single cell isolation, DEPArray automated single cell isolation, Biomark microfluidic PCR, laser capture microdissection and atomic force microscopy

Nameer Kirma, Ph.D. kirma@uthscsa.edu (210) 562-4068
UTHSA Biobanking and Genome Analysis

Platforms for SNP genotyping (Illumina) and array comparative genomic hybridization/expression microarray analysis (Agilent). Automated nucleic acid isolation and qPCR. Bio-banking ranging from isolating DNA, processing blood samples, establishing lymphoblastoid cell lines and long term storage.

Teresa L. Johnson-Pais, Ph.D. paist@uthscsa.edu 210.567.6571
UTHSA Flow Cytometry Core Facility

The lab can sort all NIH-designated biohazard 2 agents. Core personnel are trained and certified in proper BSL-2 safety procedures. The lab has 2 cell sorters: 13-color FACSAria-IIIu and 14-color MoFlo Astrios; and 3 cell analyzers: 11-color LSR-II, 12-color FACSCelesta, and 4-color FACSCalibur.

Karla Gorena, CCy moncadak@uthscsa.edu 210-567-3911
UTHSA Macromolecular Interactions

State-of-the art capabilities for the characterization of protein-protein, protein-lipid, protein-nucleic acid and protein-small ligand interactions. The lab offers services on surface plasmon resonance (SPR), analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC) and static and dynamic light scattering (LS).

Eileen M. Lafer, Ph.D. lafer@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-3764
UTHSA Mass Spectrometry Laboratory

The lab has multiple modern mass spectrometers. Protein analysis services include molecular mass determination, protein identification, sequence and post-translational modification site characterization. Quantitative analysis of lipids and intermediary metabolites by GC/MS is also available.

Susan Weintraub, Ph.D. weintraub@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-4043
UTHSA MicroCT Core Laboratory

The lab offers Skyscan1172 and a Skyscan1173 desktop microCT systems. It also offers a BioDent Reference Point Indenter for direct measurement of bone tissue strength and a Pyradia F100 Furnace for ashing of bone in order to determine the weight percentages of mineral to organic material of bone.

Vaida Glatt, Ph.D. glatt@uthscsa.edu 210.450.8094
UTHSA NMR / Screening

State-of-the-art Bruker spectrometers equipped with high sensitivity cryoprobes operating at 500, 600, and 700 MHz. The instruments provide full capabilities for modern NMR experiments with 15N, 13C, and 2H labeled macromolecules and are suitable for obtaining three-dimensional solution structures.

Kristin E. Cano, Ph.D. canok@uthscsa.edu 210-567-8706
UTHSA Optical Imaging Facility

Broad spectrum of modern optical imaging systems: confocal/multiphoton microscopy, wide-field microscopy, fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy, fluorescence spectral imaging, super-resolution and whole-animal imaging. High-temporal resolution imaging of rapid events in living cells is available.

Exing Wang, Ph.D. wange3@uthscsa.edu 210-562-4062
UTHSA X-Ray Crystallography

State-of-the-art resources for detailed 3-D analyses of biological macromolecules. A full service lab that offers advice and technical assistance in sample preparation. The lab utilizes 14 commercial screens containing 96 crystallization reagents.

Alex Taylor, Ph.D. taylorab@uthscsa.edu 210-567-3781

University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Biomolecular Resource Facility

William Russell, Ph.D bill.russell@utmb.edu (409) 772-3579
UTMB International Biosafety Training Center

Sharon Walters skwalter@utmb.edu 409-772-1781
UTMB Research Histopathology Core

The Research Histopathology Core is equipped with the latest available instrumentation. RHC’s instrumentation is operated by highly skilled personnel available to assist in tissue preparation, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, Insitu hybridization, including assay optimization, image anal...

Gustavo Valbuena gvalbuen@utmb.edu (409) 747-0735
Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
UTSW Clinical Research Unit (CRU)/Investigational Drug Service (IDS) Lisa Fleming, MPA CRUAdministration@UTSouthwestern.edu 214.648.2718
UTSW Flow Cytometry Facility David Farrar david.farrar@utsouthwestern.edu 24-648-7315
UTSW Genomics Sequencing & Microarray Core Facility Chaoying Liang or Indu Raman Chaoying.Liang@UTSouthwestern.edu or Indu.Raman@UTSouthwestern.edu 214-648- 7329 or 214-645-6071
UTSW High Throughput Screening Core Bruce Posner, Ph.D. bruce.posner@utsouthwestern.edu 214-648-0285
UTSW Metabolic Phenotyping Core Ruth Gordillo Ruth.Gordillo@UTSouthwestern.edu 214-648-3403
UTSW O'Brien Kidney Center: Animal Models Core Vincy George Vincy.George@UTSouthwestern.edu 214-648-7222
UTSW O'Brien Kidney Center: Cell Biology and Imaging Core Vincy George Vincy.George@UTSouthwestern.edu 214-648-7222
UTSW O'Brien Kidney Center: Clinical and Translational Research Core Vincy George Vincy.George@UTSouthwestern.edu 214-648-7222
UTSW O'Brien Kidney Center: Physiology Core Vincy George Vincy.George@UTSouthwestern.edu 214-648-7222
UTSW Preclinical Pharmacology Core Noelle Williams noelle.williams@utsouthwestern.edu 214-648-5072
UTSW Proteomics Core Proteomics Core proteomicscore@utsouthwestern.edu 214-648-3525
UTSW Rodent Behavior Core Shari Birnbaum shari.birnbaum@utsouthwestern.edu 214-648-5123
UTSW Structural Biology Laboratory
UTSW Tissue Management Shared Resource Cheryl Lewis cheryl.lewis@utsouthwestern.edu 214-648-7597
UTSW Whole Brain Microscopy Facility (WBMF) Denise Ramirez, PhD denise.ramirez@utsouthwestern.edu 214-648-0203

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