iScan, the optimal solution for high-throughput (epi)genetics

01 March 2021 → 31 December 2022
Regional and community funding: Industrial Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Machine learning and decision making
(Epi)genomics Pharmacogenomics Genotyping Breeding FFPE samples
Project description

This project will focus on 3 new lines of research to develop a more cost-efficient workflow for (1) identification of age and gender-dependent potential risk factors for COVID-19 infection, (2) personalized nutrigenomics in athletes, (3) Perform blood-based epigenetic clock tests to identify markers for healthy aging. The Illumina iSCAN System is a high throughput array scanner that supports a wide variety of applications at a low price. The platform is mainly used for genome-wide and custom-designed single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping. This platform will be implemented within NXTGNT, UGent expertise center for NGS / epigenomics to detect high-resolution single copy number variations (CNV) and to perform DNA methylation and gene expression analyzes. The aim of this project is to offer high throughput (epi)genetics using the iSCAN to academic and industrial partners via UGent's NXTGNT facility.