Department of Biology Receives Grant to Add New, Cutting-Edge Equipment in Genomics Research Center

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Steve Kehoe, UI Department of Biology
November 21, 2019

The University of Iowa Department of Biology has been awarded a grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to acquire equipment for the Roy J. Carver Center for Genomics (CCG), a research and service center located in the Department of Biology.

The grant, for a total of $275,177, will provide a major leap forward for researchers with the purchase of two new instruments, the Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) and the Cytation 5 plate reader system. Both systems enable high throughput, quantitative analysis of biological pathways to advance current research projects and accelerate new scientific discoveries. With this powerful equipment, the CCG will be a resource for researchers to track genomic content, gene expression, and cellular changes in real time with more precision and will inspire collaborations among faculty, staff, and students in the department as well as the greater UI community.

Since its founding in 2002, the CCG has served as a critical resource for comparative genomics. Funding to establish and expand the CCG has been provided by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust with additional support from the Department of Biology, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and user fees. The center supports the research needs of faculty, research staff, and graduate students in the Department of Biology as well as other UI departments and external research groups. For a list of equipment, services, and additional information about the CCG, please visit