Agilent technology seminar, Sept 23th, 1-2pm

I am helping Agilent to host a seminar next Tuesday (Sept 23th, 1-2pm).
Josh from Agilent and Kathryn from IPM/Biochem will present NGS applications using Agilent’s products.
Both of them are AWESOME!

Not only that, Agilent will be taking applications from PSU COM investigators to support their research and future grant applications.

Please come join us for more details!


Agilent PSU NGS seminar Sept 23 2014FF

Partnership with GENEWIZ

I’m excited to see that we could announce our official partnership with GENEWIZ for Sanger DNA sequencing and genomics services got kicked off on July 1, 2014.

We keep doing our in-house Sanger service as well, but as we observe greater part of our time has been put in to NGS services, we have decided to ask help for GENEWIZ.

Any questions, plea feel free to contact me or Xuan, she is AWESOME!

Also don’t forget 10 free reactions is for all new customers on campus!


Dear Researcher,

We are excited to announce that GENEWIZ is now partnering with the Penn State College of Medicine for Sanger DNA sequencing and genomics services, effective July 1, 2014.

Working with GENEWIZ, Penn State College of Medicine benefits include, but will not be limited to:

  • Cost Savings: Competitive pricing for Sanger DNA sequencing services.
  • Fast & Reliable Turnaround Time: Results delivered by 5:00 p.m. the day following sample submission.
  • High Quality: Reads from 750-1000 bp with Quality Score & Contiguous Read Length.
  • Superior Support: Easily accessible, award-winning technical support available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Free Sample Submission: Free shipping via GENEWIZ Drop Boxes.

Convenient GENEWIZ Drop Box location:

  •  College of Medicine, Basic Science Wing, Room C2705
    Sample pick-up: 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

New to GENEWIZ? Register for your new account today, and receive 10 free reactionswith your first Sanger DNA sequencing order!

For more information about GENEWIZ research services, please visit the Penn State College of Medicine Genome Science Facility website or visit If you have any questions or would like assistance registering for a new GENEWIZ account, please contact GENEWIZ Technical Support.

We look forward to helping advance your research!

Kind regards,

Xuan Pan
Sales Operations, Team Leader
Phone: 877-436-3949 ext 3555

Success Story @ BioRadiations

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My experience in detecting genomic variations using BioRad’s droplet digital PCR got featured in BioRadiation journal.

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The title of my article is:

Validation of Allele-Specific Expression Predicted by RNA-Seq in Human Brain Specimens

and I discuss about how you can make good use of digital PCR (especially Bio-Rad’s QX100 ddPCR system! :) I used ddPCR to accurately and directly quantify ASE (allele specific expression, a.k.a. allelic imbalance) after I struggled quite a bit from not getting convincing data by using real-time PCR. The costs and time constraints of ddPCR are negligible compared to other known methods, such as the SNaPshot multiplex system, for accurate ASE detection.

I have also successfully detected gene expression in single cell w/o any pre-amplification. When it comes to sensitivity and accuracy, ddPCR is the way to go! :)


Agenda for IPM symposium, May 16 (Fri), 2014

Here I received the most updated agenda for the upcoming IPM symposium.

Hope to see you there on Friday!


Penn State Hershey Institute for Personalized Medicine Symposium 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Penn State Hershey University Conference Center



8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Harold L. Paz, M.D., M.S.

Chief Executive Officer, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, Penn State University

Dean, Penn State College of Medicine

James R. Broach, PhD

Director, Penn State Hershey Institute for Personalized Medicine

Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Penn State College of Medicine

Daniel A. Notterman, MD

Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Chief Scientific Officer

Penn State College of Medicine

9:00 – 9:40 a.m. “Towards a Personalized Medicine for Lou Gehrig’s Disease”

Gregory Petsko, PhD

Professor of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College

Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Emeritus, Brandeis University;

Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology and Center for Neurologic Diseases,

Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

9:40 – 10:20 a.m. “Social Disadvantage, Genetic Sensitivity and Children’s Telomere Length”

Daniel A. Notterman, MD

Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Chief Scientific Officer

Penn State College of Medicine

10:20 – 10:40 a.m. Break

10:40 – 11:20 a.m. “Precision Medicine: Technical Challenges and Opportunities”

Pui-Yan Kwok, MD, PhD

Henry Bachrach Distinguished Professor

Department of Dermatology, Cardiovascular Research Institute, and Institute for Human Genetics

University of California, San Francisco

11:20 – 12:00p.m. “Applications of Single Cell Analysis in Oncology”

Michael Wigler, PhD

Professor and Interim Chair, Quantitative Biology

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Posters and Lunch

1:00 – 1:40 p.m. “Functional Genomics of Gene Regulation During Mouse Hematopoiesis”

Ross Hardison, PhD

T. Ming Chu Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Director, Huck Institute for Comparative Genomics and Bioinformatics

Pennsylvania State University

1:40 – 2:20 p.m. “The Potential of Big Data in Personalized Medicine”

Jonathan L. Haines, PhD

Chair, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Director, Institute of Computational Biology

Mary W. Sheldon M.D. Professor of Genomic Sciences

Case Western Reserve University-School of Medicine

2:20 – 2:40 p.m. Break

2:40 – 3:20 p.m. “Pharmacogenomics of Anti-Platelet Agents: From discovery to implementation”

Alan R. Shuldiner, MD

John Whitehurst Professor of Medicine

Associate Dean and Director, Program for Personalized and Genomic Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine

3:20 – 4:00 p.m. “Genome-wide Approaches to Identifying Pharmacogenomic Markers in Oncology”

M. Eileen Dolan, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Chair, Committee on Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics

Co-Leader, UCCCC Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics Program

University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center

4:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks

James R. Broach, PhD

Nanostring is available at Main Campus (University Park) core

I’ve been trying to implement single cell genomics here at Hershey. Though it’s not at Hershey, PennState Main Campus core has recently acquired Nanostring instrument. The below example explains how you can quantitate ~800 genes in single cells.



Also, the seminar is scheduled this morning at 10:30 and will be aired to anyone interested in.


watching webinars…

There are so many useful webinars and useful tutorials for NGS applications/data resources that are freely accessible. Below are some examples I have introduced to the investigators this week.

We are hiring!

We are hiring a Research Technologist!

If you are an organized molecular biologist, and motivated to learn and develop lots of cool NGS workflows, please apply through our HR web site!

Below is the job description:

The Genome Sciences Facility at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine seeks a Research Technologist with skills in molecular biology and genomics. The Genome Sciences Facility ( provides a range of genetic, epigenetic, and transcriptomic technologies to researchers from throughout Penn State. The ideal candidate will have good organizational skills, as well as the ability to follow directions carefully and to solve common problems independently. The candidate should also be proficient at multitasking, prioritizing responsibilities, managing time and interacting with all levels of staff in a multicultural environment. The chosen candidate will principally carry out next-generation sequencing (NGS) library preparation, starting by extracting DNA or RNA from biomedical specimens, quality control, and process them for various NGS applications. In addition, the applicant is expected to have a willingness to learn elementary NGS analysis workflows and Sanger sequencing operations. The applicant will also actively participate in ongoing research and development activities.

We will close the ad in the weekend, so better hurry! :)