Enhancing Core Facility Operations: Automated Liquid Handling for High-Throughput, High-Quality NGS Library Generation

In this webinar, researchers from the Biopolymers Genomics Core Facility (BPF) at Harvard Medical School will discuss automating the versatile NEBNext UltraExpress DNA Library Prep Kit using SPT Labtech’s firefly liquid handling platform to generate high-quality libraries for next-generation sequencing from a broad input range of DNA.

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The accessible, streamlined NEBNext UltraExpress workflow in tandem with user-friendly firefly creates accessible means for generating NGS libraries for Illumina DNA sequencing. The speakers will explain how the ease of use of the firefly allowed the NEBNext UltraExpress kit to be easily written and optimized for automation and to facilitate a more productive sequencing service.

The BPF is an academic core facility service center in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. Through the University's partnerships with surrounding hospitals and research organizations, the BPF serves labs throughout the Boston and Cambridge Area, and at schools, universities, and biotechnology companies from across the world.

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Robert Steen,
Director - BPF NGS Genomics Core Facility, Department of Genetics - Harvard Medical School

Robert Steen is currently the director of the Biopolymers Next-Gen Sequencing (NGS) Genomics Core Facility within the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. He has been directing the core facility for 17 years.

Prior to serving in this position, Steen was a project manager at the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research from September 1991 to July 2000, where he managed groups to develop genetic and physical maps of the mouse and rat as part of the Human Genome Sequencing Project.

In his current role as director of the genomics core at Harvard Medical School, Steen is responsible for managing all aspects of the core facility including technology evaluation. The core's primary mission is to provide high-quality, cutting-edge genomics services to the Harvard Medical School faculty, but the core is also permitted to provide services to outside researchers.

Taylor Fennelly
Research Assistant II, Harvard Medical School

Taylor Fennelly is a researcher and technician at the Biopolymers Facility Genomics Core Lab at Harvard Medical School. Her work in the lab focuses on NGS library prep and quality control, aiming to provide the Harvard research community with support, consultation, and resources for a wide range of sequencing projects.

She works closely with collaborators from other Harvard labs and partnering companies to leverage cutting-edge technology for the development of automated solutions for increased throughput and turnaround time and innovative NGS applications. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a concentration in bioinformatics from Boston College.