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Avera Institute for Human Genetics

The Avera Institute for Human Genetics has expanded its research on personalizing medicine, the process of customizing health care or medical treatment specific to an individual’s needs. The Avera Institute for Human Genetics currently has active protocols for research projects investigating the benefit of pharmacogenomics in treating patients.

Current personalized medicine projects utilize pharmacogenomics for pain manage­ment, medication effectiveness, and ADHD treatment. The team at the Avera Institute for Human Genetics has had multiple manuscripts published in both national and international journals, furthering their genetics research.

The AIHG laboratory is a fully-equipped state-of-the-art human molecular genetics laboratory with the capability to undertake a wide range of research projects from small scale pilot candidate gene projects to large scale high throughput genome-wide association studies on tens of thousands of samples.

Our Teams

Genetics Team

Gareth Davies, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer

Krista Bohlen, PharmD
Director of Personalized
Pharmaceutical Medicine

Erik Ehli, PhD
Jason Petersen, PhD

Cancer Genetics Team

Cheryl Ageton, RN
Clinical Research Manager

Heidi Demuth, MS
Clinical Research Coordinator
Natasha Flier, RN
Clinical Research Coordinator

Mary Fagerness, RN
Clinical Research Coordinator
Paige Davies
Lead Research Associate

Our Facility

The Avera Institute for Human Genetics laboratory has the following facility space and equipment available:

Nucleic Acid Extraction Lab

Nucleic Acid Extraction Lab

  • Baker SterilGARD® II Advance Biological Safety Cabinet
  • Thermo Scientific® 1300 Series A2 Biological Safety Cabinet
  • Thermo Scientific® Sorvall ST 16R Centrifuge
  • Fisher Scientific® Micromaster Microscope
  • Thermo Scientific® MIDI 40 Co2 Incubator
  • Thermo Scientific® BioCane 34™ Liquid Nitrogen Container
  • Eppendorf® 5417 Refrigerated Centrifuge
  • Fisher Scientific® Accumet AB15 Plus pH Meter
  • Fisher Scientific® Isotemp 205™ Water Baths
  • Fisher Scientific® Isotemp 210™ Water Bath
  • Fisher Scientific® Biological 4°C Refrigerator
  • Sanyo™ -20°C Freezer

Pre-PCR Suite

Pre-PCR Suite

  • Thermo Scientific® NanoDrop 1000™ Spectophotometer
  • Eppendorf® 5804 Centrifuge
  • Applied Biosystems® 2720 PCR Thermal Cyclers
  • Sanyo™ Biological 4°C Refrigerator
  • Sanyo™ -20°C Freezer

DNA Analysis Lab

DNA Analysis Lab

  • Illumina® HiSeq 2500 Whole Genome Sequencer
  • Illumina® iScan
  • Illumina® Cbot
  • Affymetrix® GeneChip® Scanner
  • Affymetrix® GeneChip® 450 Fluidics Stations
  • Affymetrix® GeneChip® Hybridization Oven 640
  • Applied Biosystems® Genetic Analyzer 3130
  • Molecular Devices® SpectraMax® M2e
  • UVP® GelDoc-It® Imaging System
  • Fisher Scientific® Horizontal Electrophoresis System
  • Eppendorf® 5810R Refrigerated Centrifuge
  • Eppendorf® 5424 Centrifuge
  • Applied Biosystems® GeneAmp 9700® Thermal Cyclers
  • Fisher Scientific® Isotemp 205 Water Bath
  • Sanyo™ Biological 4°C Refrigerator
  • Sanyo™ -20°C Freezers
  • Labconco® SteamScrubber® Scientific Grade Dishwasher

Genotyping Suite

Genotyping Suite

  • Applied Biosystems® ViiA 7
  • Applied Biosystems® 7900HT Realtime PCR Machine

Additional Equipment

  • Fisher Scientific® Biological 4°C Refrigerators
  • Fisher Scientific® Biological -20°C Freezers
  • Sanyo MDF-432V Ultra Low Temperature -80°C Freezer
  • Affymetrix® AmpliChip CYP450
  • BioTrove® OpenArray NT Cycler
  • Applied Biosystems® OpenArray Autoloader

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