About GTAC

The GTAC was established in 2010 by Jeff Milbrandt, Chairman of Genetics at Washington University, to provide access to genomics technologies and services to researchers at Washington University and beyond. Since then the vision has broadened to provide access to include the clincal as well as the scientific community.  We offer next-gen sequencing, microarray analyses, and cutting edge PCR services on a fee-for-service, CRO-style basis.  Clinical sequencing, microarrays and PCR are done in CAP/CLIA certified laboratories. Assistance is available at all stages of a project, including experimental design, sample preparation, quality control, pcr/microarray/sequencing procedures, data clean-up, and analysis.

LEADERSHIP/FACULTY

Richard Head, Director of GTAC
Richard Head is an Associate Research Professor of Genetics and the Director of the Genome Technology Access Center. Additionally, Rich is the Director of Research and Development for Genomics and Pathology Services, the clinical sequencing arm at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Before coming to Washington University, Rich was employed at Pfizer.


Michael Heinz, Assistant Director of GTAC
Michael Heinz is the Assistant Director of GTAC and has been with Washington University for the past ten years. During that time he managed the Department of Genetics Microarray Core, which is now part of GTAC. Prior to his tenure at Washington University, Michael worked in a microarray services laboratory at Incyte Genomics.


Seth Crosby, Director of Partnerships and Alliances
Seth Crosby is the Director of Partnerships and Alliances in the Department of Genetics at Washingtin University.  Crosby works with groups within and outside the University to leverage technolgy to acheive research and clinical goals.  He has been at Washington University for nearly 12 years. During that time he directed the Department of Genetics Microarray Core, which is now part of GTAC and then GTAC, itself, during its first two years.  Prior to that he was the Director of Translational Research at the Genome Center (now the Genome Institute). Prior to his tenure at Washington University, Dr. Crosby worked in the field of genomics and drug discovery at Abbott Laboratories, Pfizer and Pharmacia.


Paul Cliften, Director of Computational Biology
Paul Cliften is an Associate Research Professor in Genetics and the Director of Computational Biology for GTAC with over a decade of experience in comparative genomics and bioinformatics. Paul came to Saint Louis in 1999 for postdoctoral training, then spent two years directing a bioinformatics group at the Genome Sequencing Center (now the Genome Institute) at Washington University. Dr. Cliften returned to Washington University in 2010 to help establish the GTAC sequencing facility.


Jinsheng Yu, Research Instructor in Genetics
Jinsheng Yu is a Research Instructor in Department of Genetics and Senior Scientist for large scale genomics data analysis at the GTAC. When he came to Washington University in St Louis in 2000, his work has shifted from clinical practice (gastroenterology) to the research fields of cancer genomics and pharmacogenomics. Jinsheng worked as research associate for a pharmacogenomics lab and then served as Associate Director of Technology Development for the Siteman Cancer Center GeneChip Core (now part of GTAC) at Washington University School of Medicine.


LABS/MANAGERS

NextGen Sequencing

Toni Sinnwell, Research Lab Manager

Maggie OGuin, Clinical Lab Manager

Microarray

Twyla Juehne, Lab Manager

PCR

Chris Sawyer, Lab Manager

Informatics

Paul Cliften, Director of Computational Biology