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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 Inforamtics

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           

571 Preston Research Building


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