Markey Shared Resource Facilities

The Shared Resource Facilities (SRF) described in this section are core cancer center facilities and are given direct support from the cancer center. The services offered by these facilities foster and facilitate advances in the prevention, early detection and management of cancer.

These combined resources support a broad spectrum of molecular, cellular, animal, human and behavioral/epidemiology studies for advancement of the overall mission of the center. Each SRF has the capacity to contribute to the entire translational continuum, from basic and preclinical studies to translational, bioinformatics, clinical, cancer control/prevention, epidemiologic and population-based studies.

We recommend that several SRFs be engaged in order to ensure comprehensive and complementary services for your projects.

Shared Resources Facility websites

Use the following statement to acknowledge Markey Cancer Center shared resources:

This research was supported by the _______ Shared Resource(s) of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center (P30CA177558).

Associate Director for Shared Resource Facilities

Heidi Weiss, PhD

Heidi Weiss

As Associate Director for Shared Resources, Dr. Weiss’s responsibilities include: overseeing the overall coordination of the technical and scientific functions of the SRFs; determining strategies to ensure alignment and efficient provision of SRF services to support research directions of MCC Research Programs; chairing quarterly SRF meetings; initiating evaluation activities, such as coordination of the annual internal Scientific Advisory Committees; overseeing annual satisfaction surveys and dedicated scientific evaluations from MCC members to assist in determining SRF performance; and summarizing and reporting the status of SRFs to the Director’s Council as well as MCC’s Internal Advisory Board (IAB) and External Advisory Board (EAB).

Assistant Director of Shared Resources

Therese Bocklage, MD

Therese Bocklage

The Assistant Director for Shared Resources will assist Associate Director for Shared Resources Heidi Weiss, PhD, in leadership for Markey’s five fully operational and two developing shared resources, with an eye toward all shared facilities working at peak performance as Markey prepares to renew its NCI designation next year. Dr. Bocklage will also provide oversight specific to the Oncogenomics, Flow Cytometry and Immune Monitoring, Redox Metabolism, and Biospecimen Procurement and Translational Pathology facilities. She will retain her role as Biospecimen Procurement and Translational Pathology shared resource director.

Shared Resource Facilities Coordinator

Chang Liu

The Shared Resource Facilities Coordinator is the primary manager of the iLab Solutions platform and acts as a liaison between the Shared Resource Facilities, Markey Administration, and research investigators. Responsibilities include: interfacing with the Research Communications Office for publication and grant contribution tracking, devising advertisement strategies for the SRFs, conducting market analysis for services, coordinating SRF evaluation activities and metric reporting, and developing business plans and standard operating procedures.

Markey's Developing Shared Resource Facilities

Oncogenomics Shared Resource Facility (OG SRF) 

OG SRF Director: Shulin Zhang, MD, PhD, FACMG, FCCMG; shulin.zhang@uky.eduSainan Wei, MD, PhD; 

Functioning as one component of the UK HealthCare Genomics Core, the OG SRF provides state-of-the-art technologies specifically adapted to needs of MCC investigators to facilitate ge­nomics into the translational pathway from basic research to clinical and population-based studies. The OG SRF offers a variety of services, includ­ing genomic study design and consultation; next generation sequencing for targeted resequencing, whole genome sequencing, RNA-seq, methylation and Chip-seq; microarray technology; Sanger sequencing; pyrosequencing; realtime PCR; and nanostring technology. The OG-SRF will play a critical role in Markey’s directors for research and delivery of precision medicine.

Patient-Oriented and Population Shared Resource Facility (POP Sciences SRF)
BCBR SRF Director: Jessica Burris, PhD;

The POP Sciences SRF creates and maintains collabo­rative relationships with Markey clinician-scientists to support non-therapeutic research within clinics focusing on behavioral, psychosocial, survivor­ship, epidemiologic and health services research. Community-based research collaborations are facilitated in concert with the Kentucky Cancer Program, CCTS Community Engagement Core, the Markey Research and Affiliate Networks, and other established community partners. The POP Sciences SRF provides scientific consultation regarding patient and community-oriented methods such as survey design, outcomes measurement, psycho­metrics, medical chart review, epidemiologic methods, participatory research, and medical record review.

Acknowledging an SRF in your research

Markey Cancer Center shared resources are supported primarily by the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) from the National Cancer Institute (P30CA177558). Additional support may be provided from other sources, such as chargeback systems, institutional funding and/or other grants. CCSG support allows our shared resource facilities to provide benefits to cancer center members, such as ensured access to services or subsidies to user rates.

CCSG guidelines require the P30 grant be cited for all research publications that use SRF support. SRF directors should be consulted if an individual from an SRF provides intellectual input or collaborative support to research. 

If your research used an SRF service and/or an SRF member provided intellectual input or collaborative support, use the following statement to acknowledge Markey Cancer Center shared resources:

This research was supported by the _______ Shared Resource(s) of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center (P30CA177558).

This acknowledgement is necessary for publications and should be used for research papers, publications and grant applications.

Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.