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University of Wisconsin–Madison

DNA Sequencing Facility




Joshua R. Hyman, Ph.D., Core Director
1320 Biotechnology Center
Phone: 608-890-1934/Email:

Background: Josh has been the director of the UWBC DNA Sequencing Facility since September, 2004.  He began his career as a mechanical engineer in the defense industry, but eventually followed his passion and returned to university to pursue a degree in plant breeding and genetics, receiving his PhD in Genetics from Penn State University. His graduate and postdoctoral work focused on tomato and carrot research.


Jeremy Niece, Research Lead
Sanger Sequencing
1322 Biotechnology Center
Phone: 608-263-9882/ Email:

Background: Jeremy has been a member of the DNA Sequencing Facility for 15+. He holds a bachelor's degree in Math from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Jeremy's specialty is troubleshooting Sanger Sequencing and Genescan data from our ABi 3730xl sequencers.


Justin Koshalek
1262 Biotechnology Center

Background: Justin began working at the Next-Gen Sequencing Facility in 2010. He is a graduate of Madison Area Technical College’s Biotechnology Technician Program and the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a degree in Molecular Biology.

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James Speers
1264 Biotechnology Center

Background: James has been a member of the DNA Sequencing Facility since 2010, and specializes in 16S  metagenomic and amplicon sequencing.  


Molly Zeller
1264 Biotechnology Center

Background:  Molly has been a Research Specialist at the DNA Sequencing Facility since August 2016. She received her BS at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh in 2010 and her MS at Colorado State University in 2015. Both degrees are in Cell and Molecular Biology. Molly preps gDNA and GBS libraries, loads the Illumina and PacBio sequencers, and is responsible for all things email.


Robyn Roberts
1266 Biotechnology Center

Background:  Robyn has been working at the DNA Sequencing Facility since March 2017 when she started as an undergraduate in the lab. Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, and a certificate in Environmental Studies, she accepted a full-time position as an Associate Research Specialist.


Amanda Maegli
1266 Biotechnology Center

Background: Amanda has been a Research Specialist at the DNA Sequencing Facility since March 2015. She received her BS at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2010 and her MS at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2013. Both degrees are in Entomology. Amanda preps gDNA, performs quality control, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping using KASPar assays and Microsatellite Assays, and loads MiSeq, HiSeq 2000/2500 High Throughput, and HiSeq2500 Rapid sequencers.

Unless otherwise specified, all data and reagents distributed by the University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center DNA Sequencing Facility are intended for research purposes only. They are not intended nor certified for diagnostic or clinical use.  Clinical services are provided through our collaboration with the UW Collaborative Genomics Core.