The Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center supports three core facilities related to the conduct of epidemiological studies.

resourcesMolecular Epidemiology Laboratory

The Molecular Epidemiology Core Laboratory is led by  Dr. Qiuyin Cai  and provides laboratory services to support molecular and genetic epidemiological studies. Services provided include the following:

  • Biological sample collection
  • Biological sample processing
  • Biological sample banking
  • Biological sample aliquoting
  • DNA/RNA extraction
  • DNA/RNA sample banking
  • Sample requisition for banked samples
  • Genotyping
  • Gene expression analysis
  • Immunohistochemistry staining
  • Luminex and ELISA assay
  • Protocol development for biological sample collection and storage, genotyping, and biomarker assays
  • Other services that support molecular epidemiological studies

Study consultations are available to discuss the needs of your project.
For further information or service requests, please contact 
Dr. Qiuyin Cai at  qiuyin.cai@vanderbilt.edu 
or Ms. Regina Courtney at  regina.courtney@vanderbilt.edu .

Epidemiology Statistical Core

The Epidemiology Statistical Core is led by  Dr. Wanqing Wen  and provides general statistical support for the research efforts of VEC investigators:

  • Study designs and power calculations
  • Management of the complex data sets produced by large-scale studies
  • Data analyses for ongoing epidemiology projects
  • Statistical programming
  • Statistical analysis consultations

The primary data analysis tools are SAS, R, and statistical genetics packages. Study consultations are available to discuss the needs of your project. For further information, please contact Dr. Wanqing Wen at wanqing.wen@vanderbilt.edu .