Biomolecular Core Laboratory


Nemours Biomolecular Core Facility (RRID:SCR_018265)

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Nemours Biomolecular Core Facility (RRID:SCR_018265)


Overview of Services

The BCL staff offers support in Nucleic Acid isolation; Nucleic Acid quality analysis and quantitation; Sanger DNA sequencing; DNA fragment analysis, and SNP analysis; Ion PGM NGS; Real-Time PCR; 3D PCR; microarray; custom oligonucleotide synthesis; and robotic liquid handling methodologies.

Since its inception in 2001, BCL has developed a competitive research project in pediatric genetics and provided essential services in molecular biology and genetics to clinicians and research scientists at Nemours and affiliated partner institutions including University of Delaware, Thomas Jefferson College of Medicine, Delaware State University, Wesley College, Delaware Technical Community College and Christiana Care Health System. 

 We offer low-cost, fast-turnaround, high-quality service that are essential to many clinical and hypothesis driven projects and we operate under strict CLIA guidelines. 

We are a fee for service core but provide free consultations on project design, and data troubleshooting, Support is also available for grant applications and preparing budgets.  BCL is a collaborative research lab providing support for the development of new research projects and training opportunities to  staff and students of all ages.



Customers come to the core to access expertise, experience and of course, specialized state-of-the-arts equipment. We consider it paramount to stay at the cutting edge through active participation with Core Networks at the local, regional, national and international level.

  • Local: BCL shares activities with local network cores (Bioinformatics, Microarray, Bioimaging, Protein production, Structural biology-NMR, Mass Spec-proteomics, Genotyping and DNA sequencing) by participating in regular Core Director meetings, open houses and resource sharing.
  • Regional/National: BCL is funded in part by a COBRE (center of biomedical research excellence) grant, and participates in the regional and annual meetings of NIH-funded COBREs and INBREs (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence).
  • International: The BCL Staff are members of the ABRF (Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities) and active participants in this professional association's annual meetings.


Katherine M. Robbins, Ph.D. | Director

Ph: (302)-298-7367


Jennifer Holbrook | Assistant Director / Research Associate

Ph: (302)-651-6824

Ph: (302)-651-6712 (lab)


Deborah L. Stabley | Biotechnology Specialist / Research Associate

Ph: (302) 651-6712


Location and hours of operation


Hours Location

Monday - Friday

8:00am - 5:00pm

Excluding Holidays         

Biomolecular Core Laboratory

1701 Rockland Road

Rockland Center 1, room 214

Wilmington, DE 19803

Links and Resources


  1. Nemours Biomolecular Core Laboratory Website:
  2. Childrens Health System Nemours Website:
  3. BCL iLabSolutions FAQv1


Name Role Phone Email Location
Jennifer Holbrook
Core Manager
302-651-6824 Fax: 302-651-5176
RC1 room 235