Microbiome Core

provides microbial sequencing, high-throughput nucleic acid extraction, microbial cultivation, and strain identification.


Tom Schmidt, Ph.D



MSRB I (Rm 1500)
1150 W. Med Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI

Medical School

Who We Serve

University of Michigan Researchers, External Researchers

Core Summary

The Microbiome Core supports a large set of internal and external clientele with their microbial research studies. We are located in the Medical Science Research Building I (MSRB 1), on the Medical Campus. We offer microbial community profiling (16S / ITS), RNA-seq, and whole-genome sequencing. Library generation can be carried out on specimens from a variety of sources, including swabs, tissue, soil, microbial cultures, and fecal samples. The processing of high-throughput sample sets is automated using epMotion liquid handlers. Libraries are sequenced on the Illumina MiSeq platform.

The core will soon be working with the GI Center’s Microbial Interactions Core to offer a platform for co-culturing microbes with host tissues, strain identification using a MALDI Biotyper and a culture collection.  If you are interested in any of these services, please visit our website to learn more: https://microbe.med.umich.edu/welcome-university-michigan’s-microbiome-core. We provide reliable results with fast turnover and are always looking to expand our client base.

Service Categories: Cell-Based Research Service Categories: Gene Sequencing, Expression and Analysis Service Categories: Molecular Biology


Agilent BioAnalyzer,

Microbial Coculturing

Microbial Sequencing – 16S rDNA/ITS/EMP community profiling

Microbial Strain Identification

Nucleic acid extraction

RNA Sequencing

Whole Genome Sequencing - Small Genomes


Anaerobic Growth Chambers - Hypoxic & Anaerobic COY Chambers

Bruker MALDI Biotyper Sirius GP System

Class II biological cabinets

Agilent BioAnalyzer, Axygen Gel Documentation System,

Liquid Handler
Eppendorf epMotion,

Qiagen TissueLyser II

Illumina MiSeq,

Applied Biosystems QuantStudio 3 qPCR System, Eppendorf Mastercyclers,