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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Gene Expression Center

RNA Extraction Service

The UW-Madison Biotechnology Center is currently open and following the university's COVID-19 Response regarding campus operations.
  • Can start from any sample type (tissue, cells, blood, swabs, etc…)
  • Semi-automated extraction using Qiagen TissueLyser
  • Organic extraction with cleanup using Qiagen RNAeasy kit if necessary
  • Specific protocol optimized for each sample type
  • RNA may then be used for sequencing or arrays or returned to the user for their own assays

Please contact for a quote for your project. Cost varies depending on extraction method required to extract good quality RNA from your samples.


Please contact prior to sample collection if possible

The best method of sample collection is immediate flash-freezing followed by storage at -80C. RNA preservatives such as RNA Later can be used but may interfere with processing of the samples.

We request 2-3 representative samples for optimization purposes.

When submitting samples you must include a digital copy of the RNA Extraction Submission Form and excel sample spreadsheet with sample names e-mailed to

Please review our updated sample drop-off guidelines (effective 1/25/2021), revised to comply with COVID-19 safety precautions: GEC Sample Exchange Policy


RNA Extraction Submission Form, February 2021
GEC Sample Submission Spreadsheet, March 2021


All RNA is checked for quality on the Agilent Bioanalyzer and purity on the NanoDrop One Spectrophotometer. Results of the QC will be emailed to the user upon completion of the extraction. QC results will be approved by the user prior to continuation of any assays

Sample type
   UW System

 External Rate
 Sample 1
 $580  $900
   Per sample
 $15  $18
 Cell Pellet
 Sample 1
 $300  $465
   Per sample
 $10  $12

Please contact for a quote. Cost varies depending on extraction method required to extract good quality RNA from your samples.

All data and services provided by the University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center Gene Expression Center are intended for research purposes only. Services are not intended nor certified for diagnostic or clinical use.