Microarray & NextGen Sequencing Services

The Microarray Core Facility is a component of the UAlbany Center for Functional Genomics and was established to provide the infrastructure to enable the development of major projects that utilize DNA microarrays for large scale analysis of gene expression. The DNA Microarray Center currently has the ability to run microarrays from various vendors (Affymetrix GeneChip and Agilent Sureselect) as well as others that have been developed by academia or other organizations on a standard slide format. We offer microarray services to probe gene expression, gene regulation, exon splicing as well as epigenetics. The Core also provides instrumentation for scanning of protein arrays (cytokines, antibodies) that were developed on the standard slide format.

The NextGen Sequencing core was established in 2013 and currently houses the Illumina NextSeq 2000 and Oxford Nanopore MinION platforms for next generation sequencing. The core currently offers services in RNA sequencing, ChIP-seq, ChIRP-seq, metagenomics and miRNA sequencing

The Microarray & NextGen sequencing Core also provides bioinformatics tools for further analysis of the results of microarray and sequencing experiments.

The Facility provides the following services to investigators from any academic institution as well as corporate customers.

Affymetrix GeneChip Analysis

Affymetrix GeneChip Affymetrix´s proprietary GeneChip technology utilizes photolithography based in–situ synthesis of arrays containing 25–mer oligonucleotide probes. We provide gene expression (3´–IVT, Gene ST and Transcriptome arrays), gene regulation (Tiling) and miRNA on the GeneChip cartridge platform. The core is experienced in working with small samples (LCM, biopsies, FFPE tissue, flow sorted cells and immunoprecipitated material)

Agilent microarray Analysis

Agilent SurePrint Technology Agilent´s proprietary SurePrint technology uses an inkjet, non–contact printing process to produce glass arrays containing 60–mer oligonucleotide probes.We provide gene expression (custom or whole genome), gene regulation (Promoter Tiling), miRNA, epigenetic pr ofiling (DNA Methylation) on the Agilent platform. The core is experienced in working with small samples (LCM, biopsies, flow sorted cells and immunoprecipitated material)

Custom microarray analysis

The core can also provide services on any custom arrays supplied by the end user. We have used many such slides spotted at other institutions for 1– or 2–color microarray analysis. Protein or cytokine arrays have also been scanned at our facility.

Superarray Analysis

The core can provide services on qPCR arrays provided by SABiosciences/Qiagen.

RNA/DNA isolation and Quality Control

We can isolate total RNA, mRNA, small RNA, immunoprecipitated RNA and genomic DNA from a wide variety of samples including cell lines, eukaryotic tissues, prokaryotic cultures and plants. We also offer RNA, small RNA and DNA assays on the Agilent Bioanalyzer in order to check the integrity of your sample.

Data mining Services

data mining The Core Facility has a variety of academic and commercial data mining software including GeneSpring (Agilent), Agilent Genome Workbench, Roche DEVA Expression Console and Transcriptome Analysis Console (Affymetrix).

Validation of expression analysis data

The facility offers a myriad of services for validation of gene expression data including SYBR Green and Taqman quantitative PCR assays.

For more information, we invite you to contact Dr Sridar Chittur, Director of the Microarray & HTS Core Facility


Contact Information

Core Director

Sridar Chittur, Ph.D., M.B.A.

(518) 591-7215

[email protected]


Marcy Kuentzel, M.S.

(518) 591-7219

[email protected]


Andrew Hayden, B.S.

(518) 591-7219

[email protected]