Lab Tour

The Baylor College of Medicine Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research is located on the 7th floor of the MD Anderson Hall Building. We are conveniently located on the southwest edge of downtown Houston in the Texas Medical Center, close to freeways and major thoroughfares. When you enter the building, check in at the security desk. You will need a picture ID to be admitted. The security personnel will issue you a temporary badge. Proceed to the elevators as directed, take the elevator to 7th floor and follow the signs to the MVM administrative office. Below are directions to our campus from a variety of Houston locations.

Parking

Parking is available in Parking Garage 6, and the cost is currently $12 per day. Visitors are requested to pay for their own parking. Public transportation is available through the Metro light rail line. Maps are available online and can be printed.

Directions

From Intercontinental Airport/Highway 59 South

Take Will Clayton Parkway east to US-59 South. Turn right taking US-59 South. Stay on 59 South past downtown (watch signage carefully). Take the Fannin St. exit on the right. Continue going south on Fannin St. until you reach John Freeman Blvd. Take a left onto John Freeman Blvd. This short street will dead-end at the fountain in front of Baylor College of Medicine. At the stop sign, take a right on Bertner Ave., followed by a left on Moursund St. and enter Parking Garage 6 on your left. Enter Baylor from the garage through the security kiosk by the garage elevators.

From Hobby Airport/I-45 South

As you leave the airport, turn right onto Airport Blvd. Continue east until you reach I-45 North. At I-45 North turn left and enter the freeway. Get into the far left lane and take the left exit to 610 West. Take the Fannin St. exit and turn right (north) onto Fannin St. The tall buildings are the south side of the medical center. Take a right onto John Freeman Blvd. This short street will dead-end at the fountain in front of Baylor College of Medicine. At the stop sign take a right on Bertner Ave., followed by a left on Moursund St. and enter Parking Garage 6 on your left. Enter Baylor from the garage through the security kiosk by the garage elevators.

From I-10 Traveling East or West

Exit at Highway 59 South. Travel on US-59 South to Highway 288. Exit at MacGregor Drive and turn right on North MacGregor Drive. Continue on MacGregor Drive until you reach Fannin St. Take a left on Fannin St. and continue going south until you reach John Freeman Blvd. Take a left onto John Freeman Blvd. This short street will dead-end at the fountain in front of Baylor College of Medicine. At the stop sign take a right on Bertner Ave., followed by a left on Moursund St. and enter Parking Garage 6 on your left. Enter Baylor from the garage through the security kiosk by the garage elevators.

From Highway 59 Traveling North

Take the MacGregor Drive exit and turn left on North MacGregor Drive. Continue on MacGregor Drive until you reach Fannin St. Take a left on Fannin St. and continue going south until you reach John Freeman Blvd. Take a left onto John Freeman Blvd. This short street will dead-end at the fountain in front of Baylor College of Medicine. At the stop sign, take a right on Bertner Ave., followed by a left on Moursund St. and enter Parking Garage 6 on your left. Enter Baylor from the garage through the security kiosk by the garage elevators.

From Highway 288 Traveling North

Take the MacGregor Drive exit and turn left on North MacGregor Drive. Continue on MacGregor Drive until you reach Fannin St. Take a left on Fannin St. and continue going south until you reach John Freeman Blvd. Take a left onto John Freeman Blvd. This short street will dead-end at the fountain in front of Baylor College of Medicine. At the stop sign, take a right on Bertner Ave., followed by a left on Moursund St. and enter Parking Garage 6 on your left. Enter Baylor from the garage through the security kiosk by the garage elevators.

Specific Services

We provide a variety of metagenomic services in the lab, including 16S rRNA gene sequencing, qPCR, 18S rRNA gene sequencing / ITS sequencing, metagenomic whole genome shotgun sequencing, microbial RNA/transcriptome sequencing, and viral metagenomic sequencing.

CMMR Equipment and Resources

The Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research (CMMR) at Baylor College of Medicine is located in a newly renovated 6,000 sq. ft laboratory. In the lab, we operate automated platforms for sample processing, library preparation, and quality control. These include 2 Hamilton STARlet systems (96-well channel motor head) dedicated to sample processing, 2 Hamilton STAR systems (96-well channel motor head) for library preparation, and 1 Beckman NXP (Span8) dedicated to quality control.  Our sequencing platforms include Illumina MiSeq and HiSeq. The CMMR also maintains a high performance computing cluster (HPCC) to address the emerging computational analysis goals of the center.