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Mission Statement

The DNA Sequencing Facility is a non-profit serving The University of Texas at Austin research community.  Our services and instruments are as comprehensive and accessible as possible to increase faculty, staff, and student research productivity. 





While sustaining our characteristic high-throughput and fast-turnaround, the current objectives of the DSF are outreach and education. As opposed to being an anonymous service, we aim to engage and build relationships with faculty, staff, and students who can benefit from our expertise.  We seek to achieve this by providing superior customer service, specific to client needs, as follows:

  • Expand accessibility and implement Sanger innovations that benefit our highly-experienced, high-volume mega-users
  • Improve technical and educational resources for researchers needing quick and reliable Sanger results
  • Offer personalized assistance for customers sequencing difficult templates
  • Offer custom services for UT researchers with unique needs, such as CRISPR sequencing or SNP analysis




Facility Affiliation

The DSF is no longer affiliated with the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology (ICMB).  Our new hierarchy:

  • DNA Sequencing Facility
  • Genomic Sequencing and Analysis Core
  • Center for Biomedical Research Support
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • The University of Texas at Austin




Contact Information


Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

For after hours proximity card access, please contact Ryan Doonan at Access is permitted for required after hours use of facility instruments.





DNA Sequencing Facility
MBB 1.426
2500 Speedway, Stop A4800
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712





DSF Staff

Ryan Doonan, Ph.D.

Facility Manager

  • Postdoc, Hunter College, New York, NY
  • Postdoc, University College London, London, UK
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • M.S., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • B.A., Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
  • Laboratory management
  • Customer service
  • Instrument training
  • Outreach and education
  • Facility development

Charlie Gonzales

Research Associate

  • B.S., Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
  • Sanger technician
  • BioAnalyzer technician
  • Instrument maintenance
  • Customer service


Others of Note

Cecil Harkey, M.S.

Research Associate

Now at GSAF (MBB 3.210)

  • M.S.,Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
  • B.S., West Texas State, Canyon, TX
  • Former DSF Facility Manager
  • Automation
  • Instrumentation
  • IT support
  • Consultant for Sanger expertise


DeeDee Skidmore


  • B.B.A., Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
  • Accounting / Billing



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