Single Cell Analysis Symposium

March 12, 2014 @ the University of Pennsylvania

Hold the date for this all-day symposium. Speakers include Nancy Allbritton, Helen Blau, Chi Dang, Jim Eberwine, Junhyong Kim, Christopher Murray, Garry Nolan, Arjun Raj and Sherman Weissman.

More details and registration here for this free event.


The next frontier in the genome sciences will be developing technology that captures novel quantitative biological measurements ... more about genomics

Educational Facility

The mission of the PGFI Educational Facility is to educate and train researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in genomic research. As part of our educational mission, PGFI sponsors a summer internship program for qualified undergraduates who are interested in genomic research. The education facility also conducts workshops for faculty and staff to get hands on training in genomic techniques.

More Information:  
Email: ef(at)
Phone: (215) 898-6107


Upcoming Professional Development Workshops

All workshops are held in the PGFI Educational Facility, Carolyn Lynch Labs, 433. S. University Avenue. Please refer to the application procedures under the specific workshop dates.

Application links will be posted before each workshop, typically 6-8 wks before. If you are interested in a particular workshop, but cannot attend the dates that it will be held, feel free to submit your name on this form to be notified of the next time that the workshop will be offered.

Advanced Genomics Techniques

Creating a Genomic Sequencing Library from a Single Cell ($500)

November 4-8, 2013: 12:30 PM - 5 PM daily
Carolyn Lynch Labs, Room 328

The five-day workshop will provide researchers with hands-on experience in the synthesis of genomic sequencing libraries from single cells. Attendees will learn how to amplify DNA from a single cell, and construct a NextGen sequencing library from that DNA. The students will be able to bring their own cells to use in creating a NextGen sequencing library. The libraries will be sequenced on the Illumina MiSeq platform.

Jim Eberwine, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Professor of Pharmacology, will be the faculty expert for this workshop. The hands on wet bench work will be directed by Adam Peritz.

There is a $500 workshop fee to cover material costs. Attendees will be asked to provide a 26-digit fund number once they have been accepted.

Eligible applicants: Penn faculty, postdocs, and graduate students; Space is limited.

Application deadline: 5 PM, October 16, 2013. Participants will be notified by 5 PM, October 18, 2013.

Apply here.

Past Advanced Workshops


Basic Wet Laboratory Techniques for Genomics Research

This workshop is aimed at researchers who are interested in molecular biology and genomics, but who do not have the opportunity to learn or use basic wet laboratory techniques as part of their primary research. This six-day workshop will teach methodologies for isolating genomic DNA from mammalian cells, PCR, restriction enzyme digests, plasmid purification and automated DNA sequencing. The workshop will be taught at a basic level, with no previous laboratory experience required or expected.  

There is no charge for any of the Basic workshops. Penn graduate students, Postdoctoral Researchers and Faculty, and non-Penn students/postdocs in PGFI Members' labs are invited to apply, unless noted otherwise. Space is limited. The PGFI Educational Facility will contact applicants 2-3 days after the application deadline with notification of whether there is space for them in the workshop.

Upcoming Dates (Participants attend all listed days for a particular workshop)


PGFI Announcements

The PGFI Fall 2013 Newsletter can be viewed here.

Educational Facility Professional Development Workshops can be applied for here.



Based at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Genome Frontiers Institute (PGFI) is a university-wide institute dedicated to the advancement of the interdisciplinary field of genomics research. PGFI fosters collaborations and scientific exchange across biology, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, medicine, genetics, microbiology, engineering, physics, chemistry and psychology. Our mission...