Genomics

The RTSF Genomics Core at Michigan State University has been providing genomic services for over a decade. Our mission is to keep pace with the ever-broadening world of genomic technology and make the research process as simple as possible. The RTSF Genomics Core maintains an ever changing portfolio of state-of-the-art instrumentation and offers an array of services.

The Genomics FTP server is currently undergoing extended maintenance and will be intermittently unavailable.


The MSU Genomics Core has created a new email list to allow us to more easily communicate with Core users about news and seminars that are relevant to the Core.  The current email list that we use only reaches PIs; the new list will be open to PIs and members of their labs.  Please circulate this information to anyone in your lab who would benefit from receiving occasional emails from the MSU Genomics Core.  We will soon stop using our current email list of users, and it is therefore important that you sign up to this new list. Visit the MSU Genomics Core Listserv Sign-Up Instructions page for information on how to join the list.


Dr. Kevin Childs and Emily Crisovan join the MSU-RTSF Genomics Core as Director and Operations Manager.

User questions regarding new or existing projects at RTSF Genomics Core: Emily Crisovan, Operations Manager: gtsf@msu.edu

General questions or comments regarding the RTSF Genomics Core: Kevin Childs, Director: kchilds@msu.edu

In Fall 2016, Steve Hsu, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies commissioned a faculty-led review of the RTSF Genomics Core to solicit input from MSU Genomics Core users about the variety of services supported by the Genomics Core as well as the quality, timeliness, and cost of those services. Based on the user community’s feedback, the review committee made a series of recommendations to improve the Genomics Core. As a result of this evaluation, Kevin Childs and Emily Crisovan were recruited as Director for the Genomics Core and Operations Manager.  These two began in their new positions April 1, 2017, and have already begun implementing the operational recommendations of the internal review. Recent updates to the Core’s NGS sequencing equipment that include a HiSeq 4000 and a NextSeq 500 were one of the first recommended improvements.

Kevin Childs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Biology and has been providing bioinformatics support to MSU plant science researchers since 2014 as part of the Center for Genomics-Enabled Plant Sciences. Kevin has Ph.D. in Plant Physiology and an M.S. in Computer Science, both from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Botany from the University of Michigan, and more than 20 years of genomics research experience. As the Director of the Genomics Core, Kevin will be responsible for the overall management of the Core and will seek to ensure that the core remains current by adopting new relevant techniques and equipment. He will also be available to consult with researchers about their projects.

Emily Crisovan takes on a newly established position as Operations Manager, and will coordinate service activities in the Core and serve as the primary point of contact for all user questions regarding new or existing projects. Emily was previously a Research Assistant in the Buell Lab in the Department of Plant Biology where she was involved in a number of genomics and other sequencing projects. Emily has an M.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Windsor and a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University.


 We ask that any contributions made by the RTSF Genomics Core at Michigan State   University please be cited in relevant publications and manuscripts.

 RTSF Genomics Core
Michigan State University
612 Wilson Road, S-18B
East Lansing, MI 48824