Core Technologies and Services

Our Core Technologies and Services

Van Andel Institute’s Core Technologies and Services offer a comprehensive range of advanced technologies and expertise to support and enhance research at the Institute and at collaborating organizations. Staffed by highly qualified professionals with an acute understanding of their respective fields, the Core team is committed to providing superior service and conducting exceptional science to further the Institute’s goal of improving human health through basic and translational research.

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Core Technologies and Services Directory

Bioinformatics & Biostatistics

Scott A. Givan, Ph.D.


Gongpu Zhao, Ph.D.

Flow Cytometry

Rachael Sheridan, Ph.D.


Marie Adams, M.S.

Metabolomics and Bioenergetics

Ryan Sheldon, Ph.D.

Optical Imaging

Corinne Esquibel, Ph.D.

Pathology and Biorepository

Scott Jewell, Ph.D.

Vivarium Core and TransgenicsCore

Scott Bechaz, B.S., ILAM, RLATg & Tristan Kempston, LAT

Core Leadership & Administration

Bart Williams, Ph.D.

Director, Core Technologies and Services; Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Cell Signaling and Carcinogenesis

Mary Winn, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Core Technologies and Services

Lori Moon, Executive MBA

Senior Administrative Assistant II, Core Technologies and Services

Marie Adams, M.S.

Director, Genomics Core

Scott Bechaz, B.S., ILAM, RLATg

Director, Vivarium Core

Corinne Esquibel, Ph.D.

Director, Optical Imaging Core

Scott A. Givan, Ph.D.

Director, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core

Tristan Kempston, LAT

Director, Transgenics Core

Galen Hostetter, M.D.

Associate Core Director, Pathology and Biorepository Core

Scott Jewell, Ph.D.

Director, Pathology and Biorepository Core

Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Huilin Li, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Structural Biology

Cryo-EM, Structural Biology, DNA Replication and Epigenetics

Michelle Minard, B.S.

Senior Administrative Assistant II, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Rachael Sheridan, Ph.D., SCYM(ASCP)

Director, Flow Cytometry Core

Gongpu Zhao, Ph.D.

Director, Cryo-EM Core


How do I acknowledge VAI Core Technologies and Services contributions in my manuscript?

Publications containing work performed within VAI’s Core Technologies and Services are asked to follow these guidelines in their acknowledgements:

  • Acknowledge VAI’s Core Technologies and Services’ contributions by name in the manuscript (e.g., Van Andel Institute Flow Cytometry Core – Grand Rapids, MI).
  • Consider authorship for more significant intellectual and planning contributions. Authorship guidelines are available here. Notify Core Services staff of successful publications and awarded grant applications. This assists in tracking and maintaining institutional records, which help inform the Cores’ quality services.

How do I request services?

VAI’s Core Technologies and Services manages service requests through CrossLab Solutions. Each Core maintains a CrossLab page that provides descriptions of the Core as well as options to schedule equipment and request services. Pricing also is available in CrossLab (See Schedule Equipment and/or Request Services). Current CrossLab users can login here.

VAI staff that need a login (or further CrossLab support) should contact Lori Moon. MSU and external users that need a CrossLab account/login should go here for account creation. After logging in, external users should click “list all cores” under the Core Facilities section in the left menu and scroll down to “Cores at Van Andel Institute.”