Biomedical Genomics Core Contacts :: The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Our facility is located in the Center for Molecular Pathogenesis, on the 5th floor of the Wexner Research Building.

The Biomedical Genomics Core
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive, W594
Columbus, OH 43205

Business Phone: (614) 355-5252
Business Fax:(614) 722-2817

Peter White, Ph.D.
Director, Biomedical Genomics Core
Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Peter received his Ph.D. in Molecular Endocrinology from the University of Cambridge, England in 1998. His scientific career has focused on understanding the mechanisms of gene regulation. Prior to being appointed as Director of the Biomedical Genomics Core in June 2008, he spent five years at the University of Pennsylvania running the Functional Genomics Core. He has extensive experience with both the Agilent and Affymetrix array platforms, and the Illumina Genome Analyzer for Next Generation Sequencing. To date he has helped perform and analyze over 500 microarray experiments.

Vijay Nadella
Technical Director
Vijay has extensive genomics and core facility management experience and plays an active role in the Association for Biomolecular Resource Facilities. He was appointed Technical Director of the Biomedical Genomics Core in 2014, and is the individual to contact regarding services and pricing, as well as advice on experimental design. He can be reached directly via e-mail at He can also be contacted by e-mailing the Biomedical Genomics Core facility at or calling the Core at (614)-355-5252.

Huachun (Hua) Zhong
Senior Research Associate
Hua earned her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Fudan University in China. After graduating with a Master's degree in Biochemistry from The Ohio State University in 1997, she joined the DNA sequencing core at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She has sequenced tens of thousands of samples for our research community since then. With the introduction of next generation sequencing to the Biomedical Genomics Core, Hua happily joined their team.

Amy Wetzel, PhD
Research Associate
Amy received her PhD in Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2005 from The Ohio State University, where she studied pre-harvest control of human bacterial foodborne pathogens using epidemiological principles with traditional and molecular biological approaches. Prior to joining the Biomedical Genomics Core in 2012, she worked for three years at The Ohio State University in the Veterinary Preventive Medicine department in a Food Animal molecular diagnostic laboratory. Amy has over 15 years of experience in the areas of biomedical, and microbiology research. Currently she specializes in experimental design and processing of RNA-seq experiments. Amy also works to develop next generation sequencing protocols tailored to bacterial transcriptomes.

Ben Kelly
Bioinformatics Scientist II
Ben received BS degrees in Chemistry and Biology and an MS degree in Computer Science from Wright State University where his research centered around the statistical analysis of NMR-derived metabolomics data from toxicology samples. Prior to joining the Biomedical Genomics Core, he helped develop computational techniques to analyze digital pathology images for the Research Informatics Core here at Nationwide Children's. His current work focuses on the analysis and interpretation of next generation sequencing data, including human genome and exome sequencing and variant analysis, mammalian and bacterial RNA-seq analysis, bacterial genome sequencing, and computational workflow automation. Ben works closely with Dr. Gail Herman's lab in researching genetic variants of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Dan Corsmeier, DVM
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Don received his DVM from The Ohio State University in 2012. Prior to entering the realm of biology and veterinary medicine, he worked as a computer consultant and programmer. The two summers before entering his final clinical year in the College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU, he received a Rainier Research Fellowship and worked to develop a three dimensional model of the porcine circovirus nucleocapsid protein. Don's background in comparative medicine assists in the interpretation of genomic data. He is currently focused on the analysis and innovative methods of visualization for next generation sequencing data.

Pat Black
Secretary II
Pat is a lifelong resident of Central Ohio. She began working in the Biomedical Genomics Core in October 2010. Prior to that she was an administrative assistant in the hospital. She enjoys watching her kids compete in Taekwando, playing with her dog and reading. She is sadly disappointed that Ohio doesn't have any winning pro-football teams, so is a reluctant Buckeye football fan.

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