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Translational Genomics Laboratory

The Translational Genomics Laboratory (TGL) is a CAP (College of American Pathologists) accredited and CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) compliant laboratory, capable of providing support to clinical and translational genetic/genomic studies (CAP# 8017554) (CLIA# 21D2027356). TGL is part of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Program for Personalized and Genomic Medicine (PPGM) and the Center for Innovative Biomedical Resources (CIBR).

The TGL was developed as a critical bridge to help accelerate translation from discovery into precision health care, providing DNA sequencing, genotyping and array-based technologies.  The services offered by the TGL are similar to those offered in traditional academic genomic core labs, except that these assays are validated under CLIA which allows them to be used in the clinical decision-making process in research protocols and for routine patient care.

Test NameSpecimen RequirementTurn-Around Time (TAT)
BTD Sequencing 3-5 mLBlood (EDTA) 7-10 days
Confirmation of a Research Finding 3-5 mLBlood (EDTA) 14-21 days
CYP2C19 Genotyping 3-5 mLBlood (EDTA) 24 hours
CYP2C19 Sequencing 3-5 mLBlood (EDTA) 7-10 days
Cytogenomic Microarray 3-5 mLBlood (EDTA) 14-21 days
Extract and Hold 3-5 mLBlood (EDTA) 7-10 days
FLT3 ITD and TKD Analysis 3-5 mL Blood/BMA (EDTA) 2-3 days
IDH1 R132_IDH2 R140 and R172 Sequencing 3-5 mLBlood/BMA (EDTA) 7-10 days
Site-Specific Familial Variant Analysis 3-5 mLBlood (EDTA) 14-21 days

Forms and Documents

CAP Accreditation Certificate

CLIA Certificate of Compliance

Medical Laboratory Permit

QA-506 Clinical Services Test Requisition

QA-514 Clinical Services Test Requisition Extract and Hold Only 

QA-36 Clinical Research Project Request


TGL has a variety of instrumentation available for future development of clinical assays or current research testing:

  • Applied Biosystems 3730XL (Sanger sequencing)
  • Affymetrix GeneChip system 3000 7G (chip-based arrays, e.g. CytoScan HD, DMET)
  • Applied Biosystems 7900 RT-PCR system (genotyping by Taqman©-based methods)
  • Applied Biosystems 9700 thermocycler (PCR amplification)
  • Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine (next generation sequencing panels, e.g. Hot Spot Cancer Panel, Comprehensive Cancer Panel, and Custom AmpliSeq panels)
  • Ion Chef System
  • Ion S5 Sequencer
  • Nanodrop single-channel and 8-channel spectrophotometers
  • ThermoFisher QuantStudio

Please contact TGL to discuss potential development of new assays.

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Hours: Monday - Friday
8am – 5pm
Main Entrance: BRB 7-047
(Sample Accessioning)
Address: 655 W. Baltimore St.
BRB 7-037
Baltimore MD, 21201
Phone: 410-706-3339
Fax: 410-706-0287

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Laboratory Director


Ying Zou, MD, PhD, FACMG
Laboratory Director

Technical Supervisor

Nick Ambulos

Nicholas Ambulos, PhD

Compliance Manager

Danielle Sewell, BS
Laboratory Supervisor