Microbiome Core at the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center

The Microbiome Core at UArizona Steele Children’s Research Center was established to provide end-to-end technical and research support to study microbial communities' structure and function. Our Core supports investigators in creating questions and hypotheses related to microbiome study, provide study design input as needed in areas including but not limited to:
- sample collection
- microbial genomic DNA extraction
- number of samples required to provide a sufficient statistical power
- selection of appropriate sequencing method (16S amplicon profiling or metagenome sequencing).

The core primarily serves investigators at the University of Arizona, but also other academic institutions and industry with interest in microbiome analysis including human microbiome and microbiome in animal models of human disease, as well as all environmental samples (e.g. soil, water).

The goal of the Microbiome Core is to stimulate research of the relationship between a host organism and its microbiome in both health and disease states. Its mission is to provide the research community with the facility and expertise to characterize complex microbial communities and microbial interactions. The Core has state of the art instrumentation and extensively trained personnel that provide support from experimental design to data analysis.


Core Services:

The Microbiome Core is listed on iLab Cores at the University of Arizona and all Service Requests can be submitted through this platform. To see all provided services or request a quote for services please visit our iLab page.

Core Contacts:

Name Role Phone Email Location
Daniel Laubitz Core Director 520-626-1401 laubitz@email.arizona.edu Steele Children's Research Center
Leisa Grijalva Financial Manager 520-626-6956 grijalva@peds.arizona.edu Biomedical Research Lab
Pawel Kiela Professor 520-626-5170 pkiela@peds.arizona.edu Steele Children's Research Center
Nic Propp Accountant 520-626-5176 ndpropp@peds.arizona.edu Biomedical Research Lab

Core Resources:

Do you need help?... Contact Daniel Laubitz at 520-626-1401 or email microbiome@email.arizona.edu

Do you have billing questions?... Contact Leisa Grijalva at 520-626-6956 or email grijalva@peds.arizona.edu

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UArizona Steele Children's Research Center
University of Arizona Health Sciences
1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Room 3301
PO Box 245073
Tucson, Arizona 85724-5073

Hours of Operation:

9am - 5pm
Monday - Friday