Lexogen Research Award – Expression Profiling by Sequencing”


We have received a large number of applications with very diverse and exciting projects proposals. After very careful evaluation we are happy to announce the winners of the Lexogen Research Award 2016 – “Expression Profiling by Sequencing”:

  • Daniel Schoenberg, Ohio State University, the USA

  • Iris Tanaka, Institut Curie, Orsay, France

  • Sven Bervoets, VIB Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Each of the winners will receive a QuantSeq Library Prep Kit with 96 preps and 1 lane of Illumina HiSeq 2500 with 100bp single reads.


Apply or Recommend – Simply everyone can win!

Sequencing has become one of the most powerful molecular tools, and Lexogen is dedicated to the development of innovative technologies that go with next generation sequencing (NGS). As much as we care about innovations, we also believe it is important for all scientists to have the opportunity to benefit from technology.

With the Lexogen Research Award we wish to provide a chance for researchers to utilize more NGS. We ask you to submit a description of the project where you would use NGS and Lexogen’s RNA-Seq sample prep. The winners shall be given a product of Lexogen together with a free sequencing run.


The topic of this Research Award is “Expression Profiling by Sequencing”.

NGS is now rapidly substituting all other technologies for gene expression analysis mainly because it gives much higher accuracy and wider dynamic range. However, using standard RNA-Seq approaches where the whole transcriptome is sequenced, for gene expression analysis is not efficient in terms of cost, time and quality.

Lexogen has developed the QuantSeq RNA-Seq Library Prep Kit which utilizes Lexogen’s unique approach for expression profiling by sequencing the 3’ ends or any targeted regions of transcripts.

We believe that expression profiling is one of the fields that can benefit from NGS the most, particularly when the QuantSeq approach is used, and we wish to have this as the topic of Lexogen Research Award in 2016.

If you are still not familiar with QuantSeq and want to learn more about this technology and its advantages, please visit the QuantSeq web page: https://www.lexogen.com/quantseq-3mrna-sequencing/.


Three applications will be chosen as the winners, and shall be given the following prizes.


QuantSeq Library Prep Kit (FWD, REV or FLX version) with 96 preps (value of USD 2,079.00)

  • For gene expression, 3‘ UTR analysis and targeted sequencing
  • Down to 100 pg total RNA input (incl. FFPE samples)
  • Multiplexing of up to 96 samples/lane
  • Ready-to-sequence libraries in 4.5 hours

Courtesy of Illumina, Inc.

1 lane run of illumina HiSeq 2500 with 100bp single reads

Who Can Apply

Any individual researcher or research group in academic institutions or research organizations will be eligible for the award. Please note that official organizational email address will be needed for the application.

Recommendation program

If the current topic of the award does not fit to your research, but you know researchers whose work does fit to the topic, you can still benefit from this award. You can choose to do either one of the followings:

  • Let our Scientific Liaison, Birgit Steinmetz (birgit.steinmetz@lexogen.com), know the research group. She will contact them personally to see if they wish to apply. If they do, we will count you as the recommender for that application.


  • Tell them to write your name in the recommender section of the application form.

If the recommended person or group wins the award, you shall be given an iPad mini.

Selection Process

The selection of the winners shall be done by 2 referees, based on the relevance of utilizing the QuantSeq Library Prep for the project.


Prof. Jernej Ule

UCL Institute of Neurology
London, UK

Jernej obtained his BSc in Molecular Biology from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1999, and PhD in Molecular Neuroscience from Rockefeller University, New York, in 2004, where he also pursued a two-year postdoctoral project. He was a Group Leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge (2006-2013) where he built an RNA biology laboratory with an emphasis on the structure and function of protein-RNA complexes. In April 2013, he moved with his group to the UCL Institute of Neurology as a Professor of Molecular Neuroscience.


Prof. Bon-Kyoung Koo

Stem Cell Institute
University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Bon-Kyoung Koo has completed his PhD and first post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of Prof. Young-Yun Kong at POSTECH – Republic of Korea, Dr. Koo. Afterwards he joined the group of Prof. Hans Clevers at the Hubrecht Institute, KNAW, Netherlands. Here he witnessed the first establishment of the Lgr5+ cell-derived intestinal organoid culture system pioneered by Dr. Toshiro Sato and Prof. Hans Clevers. Together with his group at the University of Cambridge he is now developing novel genetic tools to further investigate how proliferating and quiescent adult epithelial stem cell populations are regulated both in homeostasis and during injury mediated repair.


The application process is closed.