Vermont Integrative Genomics Resource - VIGR

Overview of Services

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The Vermont Integrative Genomics Resource (VIGR) provides servies in four branches of genomics:

  • DNA Analysis: an array of fast, affordable, user-friendly DNA/RNA analysis services to the members of the University of Vermont Cancer Center, the University of Vermont research community and outside Institutions. Primary services offered for a fee include DNA Sanger sequencing, real-time quantitative PCR, DNA fragment analysis, SNP detection, nucleic acid extraction, image analysis, and support for absorbance, chemiluminescence, and fluorescence assays.
  • Microarray: Affymetrix GeneChip system supports global gene expression profiling using the standard 3’ arrays, miRNA, gene and exon arrays. The facility also provides supports for DNA idenfitification, quantification, and profiling for DNA studies using the DNA mapping (SNP), Promoter, Phylochip, and custom arrays. 
  • Massively Parallel Sequencing: genome-scale next generation DNA sequencing.  This facility employs the use of the massively paralleled sequencing (MPS) technology on the Illumina HiSeq 1500 system which is a sequencing by synthesis approach (SBS).  Next generation sequencing (also known as deep sequencing or high throughput sequencing) enables researchers to sequence as much as an entire human or mouse genome with greater than 50 fold coverage. A single run on the Illumina HiSeq 1500 can generate over 350 billion bases of DNA/RNA.
  • Bioinformatics: offers services related to genomic sequencing, epigenetic modification, or expression, from initial experiment design to publication ready figures and text. 

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Operational Policies

  1. Sample Submission, Storage and Retrieval Policy
  2. Procedure for Qualifying a Grant for the UVMCC subsidy in the DNA Analysis Facility
  3. Policies for accessing Bioinformatics Services




Location and hours of operation



7:30am - 5 pm Mon-Fri.

303 HSRF 


Core Contacts:

Dr. Julie Dragon
Director / Bioinformatics 

Jessica Hoffman 
Microarray Facility
303 HSRF

Scott Tighe
Massively Parallel Sequencing Facility
303 HSRF

Dr. Ramiro Barrantes
Statistics / Computational Biology
Given Courtyard S356

Dr. Marni Slavik
Biology / Systems Biology
303 HSRF

Pheobe Kehoe
DNA Analysis Facility
303 HSRF


Name Role Phone Email Location
Jessica Hoffman
Microarray Facility
303 HSRF

Sample Submission and Laboratory Services

Search available services: View: by category alphabetically
Bioinformatics Shared Resource (19)
Droplet Digital PCR or RTqPCR (2)
General Genomic Services (15)
Microarray (12)
Next Gen Sequencing (14)
Sanger Sequencing (2)