Microarray Services – Support and Pricing

Bioinformatics Assistance
A statistical analyst from the Bioinformatics Shared Resource is available once a week to assist new users with experimental design. Workshops are held at FCT5.5049, from 1-3 p.m.

Getting Started

The SMF offers its microarray services via an online Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), an application of the ResearchStation. User accounts, project submissions and service requests are managed via the LIMS. MD Anderson users wishing to use the SMF’s microarray services need to fill out the  Microarray Services LIMS Account Request Form and email it to ResearchStation@mdanderson.org. Users are notified via email once user accounts have been created.

Download and review the User Training for Genomics Facility LIMS for step-by-step instructions for using the application to submit project requests and service requests.

Access to Data 

All data generated by the microarray service is stored and accessed via the ResearchStation. The SMF uploads microarray data to ResearchStation’s Research Data Management Tool (RDMT) via the SMF LIMS connection. Once uploaded to RDMT the data is released for analysis by Faculty in the department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.   Investigators may request their data be burned to a CD or DVD.

Please contact David Pollock or Marisela Mendoza for questions related to microarray services project submission on the LIMS.

Note: Illumina microarray service requests are not included in the current version of LIMS.  These requests are tracked outside the LIMS system.

Microarray Service Prices

The Affymetrics microarray service is divided into: RNA and DNA sample quality verification, target preparation, hybridization, Imaging and signal quantification.  Investigators may request our complete microarray processing or choose to have the facility perform partial service.  Our prices for the component services are listed below:


Sample QA/QC ServicesMD Anderson priceNon-MD Anderson Price
RNA Sample QA/QC- Bioanalyzer high sensitivity chip (1-12 samples)$64/chip$131.20/chip
DNA Sample QA/QC$8.20/sample$16.81/sample
RNA/DNA Quantification Using NanodropNo charge with TP servicesNo charge with TP services


Affymetrix Microarray Services*MD Anderson priceNon-MD Anderson Price
Target Preparation (TP) Services  
TP for gene expression profiling on Affymetrix: Express 3'IVT     $165/sample$338.25/sample
TP for gene expression profiling on Affymetrix , Gene 1.0 ST, and Exon 1.0 ST arrays       $155/sample$317.75/sample
TP for SNP 6.0 processing on Affymetrix platform$205/sample$420.25/sample
TP for Affymetrix CytoScan (TP and Hybridization)$262/sample$539.15/sample
Hybridization Services  
Hybridization for microarrays on Affymetrix platform (except SNP 6.0)$65/microarray$133.25/microarray
Hybridization for SNP 6.0 processing on Affymetrix platform$110/microarray$225.50/microarray
Imaging (including signal quantification) Services  
Imaging for all microarrays on Affymetrix platform$35/microarray$71.75/microarray
Imaging  for Affymetrix CytoScan $45/microarray$92.25/microarray

Note: Investigator supplies Affymetrix arrays.

*Effective December 2012, the Nimblegen Array Service will be terminated as these arrays will be discontinued by the manufacturer.


Illumina Microarray Service

Illumina Microarray Service*MD Anderson price/sampleNon-MD Anderson Price/sample
Illumina Infinium Genotyping *(CytoSNP and Omni arrays)  
Illumina Infinium Genotyping-FFPE  (OmniExpress and CytoSNP)  
Illumina GoldenGate Genotyping (investigator supplies array)$83.00$170.15
Illumina HumanMethylation450 Infinium$502$1,040
Illumina FFPE HumanMethylation$595$1,220
Illumina Gene Expression  
Illumina HumanHT12v4 (24 rxn)$247$506
Illumina MouseWG-6 v2 (12 rxn)$340$697
Illumina MouseRef-8 v2 (16 rxn)$274$562
Illumina Gene Expression-FFPE$280$574

Note: Illumina microarray prices include both array cost and processing fees unless otherwise stated.