The Molecular Diagnostics section offers the following services.

Nucleic Acid Isolation

We perform nucleic acid isolation procedures on archival formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) specimens, including micro-dissection of aniline blue stained sections, scrolls, and punches. Isolation can also be done on fresh or frozen tissue, blood, blood products, and body fluids.

Agena MassArray

The Agena MassArray is a mass spectrometry-based high-throughput SNP genotyping and somatic mutation detection platform.


The NanoString platform is a PCR-free method to analyze mRNA, miRNA and CNV of up to 800 targets.

BioRad QX200™ AutoDG™ Droplet Digital™ PCR System

The QX200 AutoDG Droplet Digital PCR System provides absolute quantification of target DNA or RNA molecules for EvaGreen and probe-based Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR™) applications.

ZEISS PALM MicroBeam Laser Catapult Microdissection (LCM)

Contact-free specimen isolation and collection.

Contact Us

BMP Shared Resource Director
Chris Fillmore, PhD

Biorepository Director
Chris Fillmore, PhD

Molecular Diagnostics Director
John O'Shea, PhD

Research Histology Director
Lindsey Fairbourn, HTL(ASCP)


HCI Senior Director Oversight
Alana Welm, PhD

Medical Director
Eric Snyder, MD, PhD

Faculty Advisory Committee Chairs
Philip Bernard, MD
Joshua Schiffman, MD

Faculty Advisory Committee Members
Nicola Camp, PhD
Howard Colman, MD, PhD
Michael Deininger, MD, PhD
Randy Jensen, MD, PhD
Charles Murtaugh, PhD