Welcome to the University of Michigan’s Microbiome Core


We offer services and resources to microbiome researchers from across campus and beyond. Please use our MiCores website when you are ready to submit samples.

CURRENT PROCESSING TIME: approximately 3 WEEKS from date of sample delivery.

Please note that the core will be closed for Labor Day Monday and will reopen on Tuesday September 5th, 2023. 

Our services include:

          Bacterial RNA-seq
          High Throughput Extraction of Nucleic Acids  
          Microbial Community Profiling - (16S, ITS, and EMP 16S)
          Microbial Whole Genome Sequencing
          Strain Collection Database
          **MALDI - microbial isolate identification, our newest service **


The Microbiome Core is housed in the Medical Science Research Building I (MSRB-I). We provide services for the National Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Centers (MMPC) and are allied with the UM Center for Gastrointestinal Research (UMCGR).

Please contact us if you have any questions, need a quote, or to discuss a project.

Meet the team:
Tom Schmidt, Ph.D.- Microbiome Core Director
Karrie Black, M.B.A. - Financial Administrator
Christina Cartaciano MS, - Microbiome Core Lab Specialist
Lydia-Ann Ghuneim Ph.D. -Microbiome Core Lab Specialist
Ruqaiya Siddiqui MS- Microbiome Core Lab Specialist

Scientific Advisory Board Members:  Drs. Robert Dickson, Jonathan Golob and Eric Martens

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