A state-of-the-art facility for genomics studies is finally available to local researchers and scientists.

On September 24, the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) officially opens its DNA Sequencing Core Facility to provide sequencing and genotyping services to academic research groups in the country and to the wider scientific community.

Finally, a facility is now available to cater to the sequencing requirements of Filipino researchers and scientists pursuing genomics studies. Aside from cost savings on shipping charges, and reducing the turnaround time of sending samples abroad, the DNA Sequencing Core Facility (DSCF) has in-house researchers who provide guidance or consultation [on experiment design] as an added service. To complement the services of the DSCF, the Core Facility for Bioinformatics (CFB), which is set to open early next year, will provide guidance on the analysis of large data outputs from Next Generation Sequencing.

Anchored on the research and development plans of the government, PGC, through DSCF and CFB, will also offer trainings and workshops to fill the talent gap in genomics and biotechnology in the Philippines.


The ceremonial ribbon cutting was led by the Honorable DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo and UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, joined by DOST Undersecretary Amelia P. Guevara, and PGC Executive Director Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, and (back row) Dr. Eva Cutiongco-dela Paz, director for PGC’s Health Program, Former UP President Emerlinda R. Roman, DOST-PCAARRD Executive Director Patricio S. Faylon, Dr. Cynthia P. Saloma, director of the DNA Sequencing Facility, UP Diliman College of Science Dean Jose P. Balmaceda, and UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma.

The Philippine Genome Center is a multidisciplinary institution that combines the strength of basic and applied research for development of health diagnostics, therapeutics, preventive products, and improved crop varieties. The Center was established to facilitate the translation of knowledge in genomics into applications beneficial to society. It is currently housed at the 2nd floor of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB) Building inside the National Science Complex, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

For research and services inquiries, please contact 981-8500 local 8744 or via telefax 981-8742, dnasequencing@pgc.up.edu.ph.