Vironomics Core

The Vironomics core is a small core facility tailoring our resources to fit your individual project.



The Vironomics Core currently provides several real-time qPCR arrays for viruses and miRNAs profiling including: KSHV, EBV, HSV1 and HSV2, RRV, HCMV, NFkappaB, Pre-miRNA, and P53response12. The unique automated robotics also enables them to offer custom and commercial real-time PCR assays to clients. The Vironomics Core uses several automated robotics for the large-scale real-time PCR. A Tecan Freedom Evo© is used to set up reactions in a 384-well plate, which is then run by the Roche Lightcycler 480 II©. This is a fast and effective way to amplify samples with RT-qPCR.

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The Vironomics Core facilitates research long-read length next generation sequencing. The sequencers in the core are ideal for longer DNA fragment sequencing with instrument run times of only 24 hours. This is accomplished using Ion Torrent PGM, Ion Torrent S5, and companion Ion Torrent Chef. The Ion Torrent PGM is capable of 200-400bp read lengths. The Ion Torrent S5 has the ability to increase that to 600bp and increases the number of reads/depth available, 10-90M reads. Many clients use the longer reads for large genomes, de novo sequencing, 16S sequencing, long amplicons, etc. Customization is available or take advantage of the current expertise in: whole genome sequencing (WGS), de novo assembly, STR cell line verification, targeted amplicon sequencing, plasmid verification, strand-specific RNAseq, and exome sequencing.

About Us

The Vironomics Core is led by our Principal Investigator, Dr. Dirk Dittmer, and includes several research staff. Our facilities are located on the 1st floor of the Lineberger Cancer Center (wing parallel with West Dr). The main research focus of the Dittmer lab is understanding viral tumorigenesis, especially that associated with Kaposi’s Sarcoma Herpesvirus (KSHV). A more in-depth description can be found at this link.