Our Lab

Peng Lab is designed to be a unique research environment that is a blend of computational biology and genomics with experimental research in infectious disease. The College provided us the start-up fund for setting up a high-performance computational infrastructure, which is fully integrated into NC State Bioinformatics Research Center (BRC) computing cluster system and is supported by dedicated BRC IT staff. In our College’s Research Building, we have independent bench space in the regular open laboratory, plus equipment space in shared laboratories inside the building and the full access to a shared BSL-3 lab on the same floor. We have set up our laboratory equipment like Bioanalyzer, PCR machines, gel electrophoresis system and imaging system, and plate reader, in addition to the access to College’s shared equipment such as Illumina’s MiniSeq sequencer and Applied Biosystems’s Real-Time PCR System. We also have an Illumina NextSeq 500 sequencer, a high-throughput benchtop next-generation sequencing unit installed in our Lab. The Lab has the set up for preparing BSL-3 level samples for deep sequencing analysis. All generated deep sequencing data is directly transferred to our dedicated file server at BRC and backed up online plus remote long-term data archive.

Computer


All deep sequencing data is directly transferred to our dedicated file server at the BRC and backed up online and remotely.

Illumina Nextseq 500


The NextSeq 500 has the capacity to produce up to 800 M paired-end reads for high throughput sequencing. Illumina sequence methodology is fast, accurate, and cost-effective.

BSL-3 Laboratory


A shared BSL-3 lab gives us the capacity to safely prepare infectious samples for deep sequencing analysis.