Established in 2000 by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University, the mission of the Genomic Sciences Laboratory (GSL) is to promote discovery in the biological sciences by providing researchers and students with the equipment and infrastructure required to conduct genomics research. The GSL is now administered by the Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development at NC State and operates on a fee-recovery basis.

The GSL operates as a solution center and provides the NC State research community, collaborators, and the scientific community with access to high-throughput DNA sequencing, traditional sequencing and genotyping, and equipment for functional genomic assays and mapping. The GSL has the tools and expertise to perform all supporting services, including DNA and RNA extraction, cDNA synthesis, construction of standard and custom sequencing libraries, as well as analysis of sequencing reads. In addition, the GSL provides high-throughput robotics and instrumentation to facilitate the handling of large numbers of samples as well as many advanced sequencing and sequencing support applications developed independently by NC State faculty.

In addition to serving as a research resource, the GSL is committed to the education and training of students, faculty, and staff. We educate high school-level to graduate-level students, and encourage them to watch, learn, and gain hands-on experience as their samples proceed through the sequencing process.