Center for Precision Health

Making healthcare precise



The Genomics Core at UTHealth aims to provide next-generation sequencing (NGS) and related services to the research community of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and other investigators in the Houston area. Services include, but are not limited to:

Sample preparation and other services not described below:

  • Free consultation with a sequencing expert before sample study design and submission
  • DNA/RNA fragmentation, quality, and size analyses
  • Library preparation and processing for NGS
  • DNA/RNA extraction (additional fee)
  • NGS training in bioinformatics
  • Post-sequencing consultation with a bioinformatics expert

NGS services:

  • Whole exome sequencing (WES)
  • Whole genome sequencing (WGS)
  • Whole transcriptome sequencing (RNA-seq)
  • Small RNA sequencing (smallRNA-seq)
  • Chromatin Immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-seq)
  • Whole genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS/Methyl-seq)
  • Targeted gene sequencing
  • CNV array-based detection

Introduction of NGS instruments:

  • Illumina NextSeq 550
  • Illumina MiSeq
  • TapStation 4200
  • E220 Covaris Sonication System
  • NanoDrop
  • QuBit measuring system

Bioinformatics services:

Next-generation sequencing data analysis
  • Whole genome sequencing analysis, whole exome sequencing analysis, mutation and copy number variation analysis
  • Gene expression analysis, alternative splicing analysis, identification of new genes, pathway analysis, microRNA analysis, lncRNA analysis
  • ChIP-seq analysis for gene regulation
  • Methylation analysis
Array data analysis
  • Genome-wide Association Studies (GWAS) analysis
  • CNV analysis
Advanced bioinformatics services
  • Gene set enrichment analysis (Gene Ontology, Pathway, etc.)
  • Network analysis of genomics data
  • Disease association analysis
  • Functional genomics analysis (eQTL, ENCODE, tissue-specificity, etc.)
  • Results interpretation
  • Machine learning and applications
  • Pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics data analysis
  • Imaging data analysis

Other bioinformatics services:

  • Study design
  • Grant proposal development
  • Method development

Core personnel:

Zhongming Zhao, PhD, Director
Wenbo Li, PhD, NGS Sequencing leader
Peilin Jia, PhD, Bioinformatics leader
Qing Xiong, PhD, Coordinator
Phone: 713-500-3631