The UMMC Molecular and Genomics Core Facility is under the direction of director Michael R. Garrett, PhD, MBA, and associate director D. Ashley Robinson, PhD, and employs three full-time personnel. Consultation and genomic services are offered to all UMMC investigators as well as other institutions of higher learning across the state of Mississippi.
Michael R. Garrett, PhD, MBADirector, Mammalian Genetics and Genomics
Dr. Garrett has extensive experience in molecular biology, animal models of disease, and genetic and genomics techniques. As core director, he is responsible for meeting with research investigators, aiding in the design of experiments, providing oversight of technical staff and training, evaluating equipment needs, and conducting seminars to educate and promote core capabilities. Aside from his role as core director, he has an active research program involving studying the genetics of complex disease including hypertension, kidney disease, and diabetes
D. Ashley Robinson, PhDAssociate Director, Microbial Genetics and Genomics
Dr. Robinson has extensive experience in molecular microbiology and bacterial population genetics. He leads an active research program that studies genetic and genomic variation in pathogenic staphylococci and streptococci. As core associate director, he consults with researchers on the design and analysis of projects that involve microbial sequencing, including whole genome sequencing, amplicon and transposon sequencing, and microbiome sequencing projects.
Her duties include overseeing several genomic technology platforms, including Affymetrix microarrays (gene expression and SNP), next-generation sequencing (RNA sequencing, whole genome sequencing, amplicon sequencing/panels, methylation sequencing, etc.), and single cell transcriptome analysis.
Her duties include aiding researchers in the sample submission process, logging projects into the laboratory management system, isolation and quality control of nucleic acids (RNA and DNA), clinical genotyping via high density SNP arrays (CytoScan HD Array Kit) using Affymetrix system.