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Molecular Biology Core Labs

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The Molecular Biology Core Labs (MBCL) provide the UMASS community* with the cutting edge resources needed to perform your molecular biology research efficiently and inexpensively.

The MBCL is located at 222 Maple Ave in Shrewsbury. Visitors are seen by appointment only.

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*Other institutions and research groups are eligible to use many of our services. However, pricing may vary. Off-campus users should contact us for a quote.
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The MBCL provides the following services:

  • Oligo Discount Program- Our partnership with IDT provides investigators with DNA/RNA oligos and gBlocks at a discount through the MBCL.
  • Reagent Program- We offer discounted pricing on TAQMAN, qPCR reagents, enzymes, etc. from ThermoFisher (Life Technologies/Ambion), and Empirical Biosciences. Save yourself the shipping charges. We deliver to your mailroom!
    TaqMan Assays are shipped at ambient temperature, ref here.
  • Fragment Analyzer Service- Submit DNA/RNA samples to be analyzed on the Advanced Analytical Fragment Analyzer (similar to the Bioanalyzer) for accurate sizing, concentration, and RNA quality numbers.
  • Sequencing Library Preparation- Submit RNA or DNA samples to be made into adapter-ligated libraries.
  • Sanger Sequencing and GeneMapper/ARISA (Genotyping)- Value priced!

Sample Drop Off Locations:

1. LRB - 6th floor copy room
2. ASC - 8th floor room 2058
3. Biotech 2 - fridge or freezer in the hall outside of room 207.
4. 222 Maple Ave. Shrewsbury, MA, 01545 - Rose Gordon Building, 1st floor. Available weekdays from 8AM to 5PM  (Email us if you leave samples here).

Samples get picked up at 11:00 AM every Monday through Friday.

Letters of Support

For a letter of support for a research grant or project, please provide the same format and information as requested for Deep Sequencing support letters (click here).

The UMMS Molecular Biology Core Labs would be pleased to have you mention us in the acknowledgements section of any publications or presentations of data generated with our support. Our Research Resource Identifier is RRID: SCR_018263.

In case of extreme weather (bad or good), deliveries and sample pickup may be
postponed. The MBCL is closed when UMassMed is on "inclement weather alert“.

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