History

VIB Nucleomics Core started off in 1999 as the VIB MicroArray Facility (MAF), a service facility to provide expert services in expression analysis.

We owe a lot to Dr. Paul Van Hummelen, the founder of the microarray facility.

In the early days, in-house developed and spotted arrays were used in addition to arrays from commercial providers.  With commercial providers improving on array quality and offering custom array content, the microarray facility stopped producing its own arrays in 2008.

It was decided to broaden the spectrum of platform technologies offered to the life science community.  Since then the facility is offering expert services in nCounter technology and sequencing.  To reflect this expanded portfolio, the microarray facility was renamed to VIB Nucleomics Core, reflecting the (bioinformatic) analysis of both RNA and DNA.