Bioinformatics is the discipline concerned with data integration for the purpose of compiling predictive models of biological processes and disease from genomic, imaging, proteomic, metabolomic, and other data types. The Bioinformatics Core Facility at UT Southwestern offers services to the research community that are complementary to the support that is available in other research core facilities. The BICF offers primary and secondary data analysis and interpretation and our service model targets a broad community with the goal of empowering researchers and clinicians in becoming more advanced in their own, independent data analyses.
Areas of service:
- Help Desk: BICF staff members are available for drop-in consultations during three published office hours per week, or by appointment. Consultations include assistance with study designs, data analysis, and grant applications.
- Bioinformatician-on-Demand: For larger projects BICF staff can be engaged through contributions of appropriate FTE level for a defined project duration.
- Bioinformatician-in-Residence: For larger projects labs can become stakeholders in the core partnering with a dedicared bioinformatian for at least a year.
- Bioinformatics Fellows: The BICF offers five slots for trainees and other researchers to be embedded in the core during a defined analytical project.
- Nanocourses and Data Science Summer School: BICF offers in-depth training in theory and application of bioinformatics tools as well as general computational methods through intensive 2-day Nanocourses and a one-week Data Science Summer School. Each course provides optimal interaction between instructors and participants through a mix of interactive style lectures and hands-on practices utilizing participant own research data whenever possible.
- Infrastructure Development: The BICF is devoted to the development of software platforms that increase accessibility of data management and analytical tools across UTSW and beyond.