Onco-Genomics Shared Resource - OGSR



The Onco-Genomics Shared Resource (OGSR) is a state-of-the-art open-core facility located in the in the Biomedical Research Building on the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine campus. The OGSR provides investigators access to a wide range of technologies and services for the molecular analysis of DNA and RNA in addition to providing technical expertise for project design and trouble-shooting. The OGSR employs four full-time technicians overseen by Faculty-level Directors. Services span RNA/DNA extraction and QC, droplet digital-PCR, PCR-free gene expression assays, single-cell sample prep and gene expression analysis, miRNA and CNV assays, microarrays and rapid run next generation sequencing for RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq and other NGS workflows. OGSR facilities, instrumentation and bench space, are divided into sample processing (pre-PCR) and analytical laboratories (post-PCR) in two separate open-plan laboratories. All equipment is maintained under rolling service contracts with regular preventative maintenance.


OGSR instrumentation includes:

  • Two Illumina NextSeq 500 sequencers
  • PE/Caliper Zephyr G3 NGS automated library prep system
  • NanoString PrepStation and nCounter analysis systems
  • Raindance Technologies Raindrop & BioRad QX200 droplet digital ddPCR systems
  • Fluidigm C1 single-cell auto-prep station and Biomark HD nanofluidic qPCR system
  • Roche Lightcycler LC480 real-time PCR fed by a PE/Caliper Twister II autoloader and Mécour refrigerated storage system
  • Thermo Scientific Nanodrop, LifeTechnologies Qubit and Agilent Bioanalyzer 2100 systems




Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D., Academic Director


Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D., joined the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2014 as Chief of the Division of Cancer Genomics and Epigenetics and Director of the Cancer Epigenetics Research Program. Dr. Shiekhattar is the Academic Director of the OCF and has led the expansion of OCF services to meet the changing needs of investigators at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and in particular the needs of the Cancer Epigenetics Research Program. 


Siôn Williams, Ph.D., Core Director


Siôn Williams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Oncogenomics Core Facility (OCF) and has led the facility since 2013. Dr. Williams is a Co-Director of the CFAR Laboratory Core and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology. 



Location and hours of operation

Hours Location & Mailing Address

Mon-Fri 9:00AM - 5:00PM 

Oncogenomics Core Facility

Biomedical Research Building (BRB) 742i
1501 N.W. 10th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Links and Resources


Telephone: 305 243 7927 


OCF staff member Contact: Email:
Siôn Williams - Director slwilliams@miami.edu
Corneliu Sologon - NGS library prep and sequencing  csologon@miami.edu
Yoslayma Cardentey - NanoString, Exiqon qPCR and sample prep ycardentey@miami.edu
Robert Suter ddPCR and  rks77@miami.edu