UNCG Molecular Core Lab


On request

We are available to train students and lab personnel on various techniques by request.


We also offer great workshops for faculty, research staff, and students.

These workshops are perfect for everyone wanting to get themselves or their students up to date on the latest techniques, and they can give students a competitive edge in applying for biotech-related employment.


“My research group has benefited hugely from both the training experiences and the research services offered by the Molecular Core Lab. 

In regard to training, too often graduate courses put far too much emphasis on theory and lecture material, and our students do not get the breadth of practical lab experience that they need. The targeted training sessions like the qPCR workshop are a great way to get grad students up to speed in techniques that did not even exist when I started out as a faculty member.”

– Dr. Ethan W. Taylor, senior research professor, Nanoscience

“When I took Genetics Lab and Cell Biology Lab, many of the procedures were either done by the professors (such as preparing the electrophoresis gel), or by my lab partners, who were more interested in finishing quickly than in understanding what we were doing. In addition, some of the procedures did not produce the expected results, which left gaps in my knowledge.

“During this semester, I was trained and supervised by Ms. Renuka Shivaji, whom I found to be a very knowledgeable and thorough teacher. She made sure I knew the scientific concepts behind each of the laboratory techniques and procedures, which helped me to integrate the material from my previous courses with the hands-on experience of actually doing the laboratory component from start to finish.

“This semester has expanded my understanding of these concepts from a theoretical foundation to one of practical usefulness. I now have invaluable first-hand experience with the following procedures, including use of the indicated laboratory equipment and software programs.”

– Rose Ewald, undergraduate, Biology Department

“I am very lucky to have had the chance to work with Mrs. Renuka Shivaji. I consider her as one of my mentors during my graduate years. I have been very fortunate to meet and learn from a credible researcher, patient teacher, and motivated scientist as Mrs. Shivaji. She has provided me with valuable insight towards my PhD projects and has brought in her years and years of experience to assist a fresh researcher, like myself, how to analytically process her data and trouble shoot her experiments. I will always be grateful for the training, support and advice she has given me.” 

– Effat Zeidan, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, PhD candidate