Administrative Core

Directors - Justin Colacino, PhD and Merritt Gillilland, PhD

The Administrative Core provides leadership to promote successful scientific interactions among faculty from 12 departments and five divisions through:

  • Periodic surveys to determine needs of UMCGR members
  • Review of Research Base membership
  • Allocation of resources commensurate with member needs
  • Management of a Pilot & Feasibility Program, in conjunction with the External Advisory Committee.
  • Supporting a Scientific Enrichment Program including research-in-progress seminars, academic workshops, research retreats, a visiting faculty seminar program, and mini-sabbaticals
  • Coordination of Bioinformatics Services for UMCGR members

UMCGR Bioinformatics Services

Drs. Justin Colacino and Merritt Gillilland are available to provide bioinformatic expertise to UMCGR members.

The bioinformatic services include 3 major components:


Upon request, Drs. Colacino and Gillilland will meet with UMCGR members at the stage of study conceptualization and experiment planning to help members identify the best available technologies to test their hypotheses and to help design scientifically rigorous studies.

Data Analysis

Drs. Colacino and Gillilland will provide analysis of high-throughput sequencing and proteomic data, including RNA-seq, Single Cell RNA-seq, CyTOF, and Microbiome Profiling Data Analysis, as well as other high throughput data.


The goal of the training component is to provide researchers the foundation to analyze their routine sequencing and CyTOF data. Researchers will also be trained in how download data from published work deposited into NIH approved repositories for analysis that may aid their research.