Functional Genomics (La Jolla)

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Overview of Services

Functional Genomics provides infrastructure for CRISPR-based gene editing and Target Discovery and Deconvolution services via high throughput screening, from initial feasibility assessment, all the way through to verification of identified targets. It also serves as repository for reagents and assays, expertise and other technical information, and works towards technical improvements when necessary.

The Core’s primary effort is dedicated to cell-based genetic screening, both loss of function (via RNAi, CRISPR-Cas9 screening) and gain of function (via ORF overexpression and CRISPRa screening). In addition it offers cell line engineering services to create cellular models for screening and/or target validation.

Our personnel develop both plate reader and image-based cellular assays, and adapt them to HTS screening conditions in conjunction with the High Content Screening Core. It also collaborates with the Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Sequencing Shared Resources to aid the screening follow-up process.


Cell-based Genetic Screening:

  • Assay development.
  • Screening (siRNA, CRISPR-Cas9, lentiviral-shRNA, lentiviral-ORF libraries).
  • Custom library production.
  • Hit cherry-picking and confirmation.
  • Screen readout (high content, plate reader, NGS)

Cell line engineering.

  • Gene KO
  • Endegenous reporters of gene expression
  • Endogenous gene activation
  • Endogenous protein tagging
  • Gene editing



Pedro Aza-Blanc | Director


Hours Location

Monday through Friday

8AM to 5PM

  Bldg 2 -Room 2218



Name Role Phone Email Location
Pedro Aza-Blanc
858-646-3100 x 3537
Bldg 2 -Room 2218


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