Core Facilities Heidelberg

Genomics and Proteomics Heidelberg



The DKFZ Genomics and Proteomics Core Facility (GPCF) is a central research infrastructure providing DKTK members access to sophisticated key technologies that serve the need of biomedical science and offering high quality solutions at reasonable costs. Trained and dedicated personnel ensure highest quality and reproducibility of our services. Services are processed according to the "first come - first served" principle.

The GPCF technology portfolio mostly covers the following areas:

  • The genomics part of the facility operates one of Europe’s largest next-generation sequencing units offering Illumina HiSeq and MiSeq technologies, the latest Illumina Hi-Seq X-Ten platform and the NovaSeq und NextSeq technologies. GPCF performs WGS, WGBS, WES, ChIP-seq, mRNA-seq, smallRNA-seq etc. within several national and international cancer genome projects (e.g., INFORM, DKTK), in addition to a variety of individual in-house projects. The unique Illumina HiSeq X-Ten platform for whole genome sequencing, which was funded by DKTK and established in the years 2014-2015 allows whole genome sequencing of more than 8,000 patients per year.

    Gene and miRNA expression profiling (Illumina, Agilent, Affymetrix), genotyping (Illumina, Affymetrix) and methylation (Illumina MethylationEPIC BeadChip) analysis is carried out using array-based technologies. Moreover, an array-based kinase activity profiling service is established. The sequencing and microarray applications for clinical analysis are in the process of accreditation according to ISO 17025.

  • The proteomics section provides technologies for analyzing proteins, protein modifications and small molecules by state-of-the-art mass spectrometry and NMR in a qualitative and quantitative manner.
  • In the field of functional genomics the GPCF generates monoclonal antibodies on demand, some of which are by now used in diagnostics. The service covers the production of monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies, as well as the non-GMP production and purification of antibodies on a larger scale for preclinical studies.
    Isogenic cell lines stably expressing recombinant proteins or shRNAs from a particular genomic locus are generated e.g., to assess phenotypes of proteins and mutants in in vitro as well as in vivo systems, e.g., in xenograft mouse models. Furthermore, a lenti/retrovirus transduction service, which includes filing the application, risk assessment, cell line transduction and the complete safety documentation, is established.
  • The central Infrastructure of the GPCF offers assisted access to several costly instruments (e.g., qPCR- and ddPCR-system) being utilized by a number of scientific groups with help of an online booking system, and it further distributes the human ORF clone resource of the international ORFeome Collaboration (>17,000 human genes) for recombinant expression of encoded proteins, also in isogenic cell lines.

Our mission is to always enable application of state-of-the-art technologies and to offer high quality solutions. We carry out joint projects with scientific groups within DKFZ to implement the latest technologies that serve the needs of science. In addition to providing full or assisted access to services, we are involved in the DKFZ teaching program, and organize tech-talks, seminars and practical courses where we inform interested scientists, predocs and technicians on the technological background of applications.


GPCF Homepage:

Stefan Wiemann
Head of GPCF
+49 6221 424700


Maike Brück
GPCF Coordinator
+49 6221 424734


Ilse Hofmann
+49 6221 423351


Melanie Bewerunge-Hudler
Microarray technologies
+49 6221 424733