Cancer Genomics Core Facility

Overview of Services

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Cancer Genomics Core Facility is a state-of-the art, integrated, multi-site, shared resource consortium that was formed in 2016 through a merger of the SKCC Cancer Genomics Core (SCGC) located at Thomas Jefferson University and the conjoint omics capabilities of the Center for Genomic Sciences (CGS) and the Center for Advanced Microbial Processing (CAMP) both of which are located within the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases (IMMID) at Drexel University College of Medicine.  The SKCC Meta-omics Core Facility merges the capabilities of the two core facilities, together with the CGS and CAMP under the direction of Professor Garth D. Ehrlich PhD continuing operation at Drexel and the SCGC under the direction of Professor Paolo Fortina MD PhD continuing at TJU.  This unique shared resource provides a collaborative interdisciplinary teaching and service environment which employs scientists, bioinformaticians, and clinicians who provide consultative services in terms of experimental design and data analyses, as well as a very broad range of high-throughput and high fidelity laboratory services. 


The laboratory technical services include: genomics, transcriptomics, epigenetics, metabolomics, lipidomics, proteomics, and glycomics


These facilities are dedicated to meeting the current and future needs of both researchers and clinicians and regularly implement new technologies and methods to provide the highest level of service.  In addition, an integral role of the facility is to test new equipment and implement novel assays in collaboration with biotech companies.  Included in these offerings are leading-edge capabilities in ultra-long DNA sequencing, whole genome non-modified epigenetic analyses, ultra-precise nucleic acid quantification technologies, imaging mass spectroscopy (MS), and ion-mobility MS, all technologies that are rarely found in core facilities and which provide significant value-added to researchers with non-standard and complicated questions relating to oncogenesis. 


The integration of the multiple omics methodologies within the SKCC Cancer Genomics facility wherein all of the faculty providers are co-localized provides for exceptional interdisciplinary expertise for the development of cross-cutting, complementary, and confirmatory studies with orthogonal technologies.

Thomas Jefferson University Core Staff

Paolo M. Fortina, Co-Director, 215-955-0683
Adam Ertel, Assist Director, 215-503-7452
Melanie M. Kelly, Laboratory Manager, 215-955-9572
Sankar Addya, Cancer Genomics Specialist, 215-503-4673 
Joan Kupper, Research Specialist, 215-503-3143
Agnese DiRocco, Research Specialist, 215-503-3143 

Gaurav Kumar, Bioinformatician, 215-503-3143


Drexel University Core Staff

Garth Ehrlich, Co-Director, 215-762-1878
Carol Hope, Business Manager, 215-762-2959
Joshua Mell Deputy, Director, Genomics 215-762-1445
Joshua Earl, Deputy Director, Bioinformatics, 215-762-8133
Joris Beld, Deputy Director, Metabolomics & Proteomics,  215-762-1735
Azad Ahmed, Laboratory Manager, Genomics,  215-762-1958
Bhaswati Sen, Laboratory Technician, Genomics 
Rachel Ehrlich, Bioinformatician 

Hours of Operation and Location

Thomas Jefferson University
233 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
BLSB 1009

Drexel University
245 North 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Room 14309

Hours Open 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hours Staffed 8:30 am - 5:00 pm        

Hours Open 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Hours Staffed 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Links and Resources

  1. Center for Advanced Microbial Processing
  2. Center for Genomic Sciences
  3. Genomics Core Facility
  4. Jefferson Website



Name Role Phone Email Location
Garth Ehrlich, PhD
Drexel University College of Medicine
Paolo M. Fortina, MD PhD
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center