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Alika Maunakea, PhD

CRAFT Core aims:

  • Provide resources, expertise, education, and training for the advancement of meritorious biomedical research
  • Help to produce the next generation of research leaders and mentors in the field of Precision Nutrition to benefit the people of Hawaii and the Pacific region

Services are provided in the following areas:


The Bioinformatics Core is a centralized resource for providing expert and timely bioinformatics consulting, analysis, collaborative research, management, and training solutions for high-throughput ‘omics’ data.
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The Epigenomics Core Facility offers library preparation and sequencing services that include DNA methylation profiling, protein/nucleic acid association analysis, whole-genome sequencing, targeted sequencing, gene expression profiling, and microbiome analysis.
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The Microbial Genomics and Analytical Laboratory (MGAL) Core provides equipment and technical expertise for high-throughput sequencing library preparation, metabolite and lipid analysis, and facilities for the safe handling, cultivation, and storage of microbial strains
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The Microscopy Imaging Center for Research through Observation (MICRO) Core includes the Biological Electron Microscopy Facility (BEMF) that houses the only transmission electron microscope (EM) in the state and the only scanning EM at UHM supporting biological and biomedical research.
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Murine Metabolic Phenotyping

The Murine Metabolic Phenotyping Core provides service, consultation, education and training in murine metabolic testing. Core staff are available to assist investigators in all aspects of the metabolic testing, including suggestions for genetic background and experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation.
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The goal of the Statistical Analysis of Nutrition and Diet (SAND) core is to build capacity in study design, dietary assessment tool selection, development and use for diverse populations, dietary and anthropometric data entry, and analysis.
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