About the DNA Core Lab

Services: The Core Lab provides nucleic acid sample analysis services, as well as maintenance, support, and training for a diverse suite of molecular biology and analytical chemistry instrumentation. The Core Lab also facilitates learning through training workshops and seminars, so students, faculty, and staff can learn to use available equipment. The Core Lab also provides tours to high school students and teachers, undergraduate students, graduate students, research staff, faculty candidates, and other visitors. The Core Lab supports several undergraduate and graduate course offered by UAF Biology and Chemistry departments. 

Users and Research: Of all facilities at UAF, the Core Lab may have the broadest interdisciplinary service. It attracts users from several major administrative units and outside agencies and centers including:

  • Institute of Arctic Biology research technicians frame the Core Lab's new Illumina MiSeq next-generation DNA sequencer.

To date the Core Lab has helped produce research data for more than twenty PI labs from several departments at UAF, UAA, UAS, and for visiting students and scholars from Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Thailand, and others. See Research for more information.

History: The Core Facility for Nucleic Acid Analysis (DNA Core Lab) was established at the Institute of Arctic Biology in 1995 with a grant from the National Science Foundation (Instrumentation and Instrument Development Program). It is a staffed facility that provides support and service to diverse user groups. The Core Lab has been the beneficiary of UAF NSF EPSCoR grants,  NIH BRIN (INBRE) grants, and an NIH COBRE grant. Most recently the Core Lab has received generous support from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.