VUMC VANGARD (Vanderbilt Technologies for Advanced Genomics Analysis and Research Design)

Overview of Services

Vanderbilt Technologies for Advanced Genomics Analysis and Research Design (VANGARD) is a research service core with administrative oversight from the Office of Research as well as scientific and technical direction provided by the Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences. The mission of the core is to consolidate the genomics data pipeline across the university and allow investigators to leverage the opportunities provided by next-generation sequencing and other genomics technologies.

VANGARD operates in conjunction with VANTAGE, providing experimental design, quality assessment of data, analysis and results interpretation, and data storage to investigators, while VANTAGE provides technical services with a focus on genotyping arrays and next-generation sequencing including DNA-seq and RNA-seq. VANGARD also provides biostatistical and bioinformatic support for all genomic experiments that utilize BioVU specimens.

Dr. Yu Shyr serves as the director of VANGARD, and he maintains close communication with the leadership of VANTAGE to ensure seamless service delivery for genomic research.


Yu Shyr, Director of VANGARD
Lynne Berry, Technical Director for Informatics
Qi Liu, Technical Director for Bioinformatics
Quanhu "Tiger" Sheng, Deputy Technical Director of Bioinformatics

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

9AM - 5PM, Monday thru Friday           

2525 West End Avenue, Suite 1020


Links and Resources


Billing Number Activation

 VUMC Investigators with VUMC center numbers:
  All VUMC billing numbers are activated in iLab via a nightly feed from Workday. Grant Worktags are auto-assigned to the PI's lab group. All other funds (Cost Centers, Gift or Program Worktags) must be claimed within the PI's Lab Group.
 VU Investigators with VU CoA or POET numbers:
  VU users will manage the VU billing numbers via the webform on the VUMC Office of Research website
 Vanderbilt Investigators with VA (Veteran Affairs) funding: 
  Contact the VUMC Office of Research at to request access to your VA funding.  All investigators with VA funding are assigned a VA billing number (999999xxxx). The VUMC Office of Research manages VA billing numbers in coordination with the VA Research Administration.