Bioinformatics at Michigan State University

News and Announcements

MSU Bioinformatics Support - The College of Natural Science and VPRGS Provide a Bioinformatics Support Help Desk for life sciences researchers in the MSU community.

Help is available for a wide range of bioinformatics-related issues, including software selection, installation and assistance on HPCC systems; script and program development; and limited systems administration assistance for on-site labs. Details on placing computing equipment in the Molecular Plant Sciences (MPS) Server Room is also available. Please visit the [] page for more information or to setup a consultation.


MPS Server Room: Server Housing for Life-Science Researchers

January 18, 2017 Update

A successful test of the MPS building backup generator was performed on January 16th. The server facility UPS, transfer switches, and cooling systems all performed well within acceptable limits, providing uninterrupted power to the equipment housed therein. If you are an MSU life science researcher, and are interested in having your computational equipment housed in the MPS server facility, please contact John Johnston at: johnj(AT)

For more information on this test see:
For general information on the MPS Server Facility, see:

December 7, 2016 Update

The MPS Server Facility is now accepting equipment. All fixes and upgrades have been completed and tested, with equipment running in the facility successfully for just over 1 month. For information on how to have your enterprise server equipment housed in the facility, please email John Johnston at: johnj(AT)

August 26, 2016 Update

Upgrades to the MPS Server Room are now complete. A tour of the facility for affiliated faculty and personnel took place on August 22nd, and final heat/load testing is underway. Once that is complete, we will be able to announce an opening/availability date. We hope to be back in the facility right around the time classes begin.

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July 22, 2016 Update

The two Liebert cooling units are schedule for startup by August 2nd. A hot-aisle containment system is to be added, with the equipment arriving by August 5th and installation between August 8th and 10th. Presently, it is anticipated that we will be able to move equipment back into the room in the latter part of August. We're getting closer!

More information:

June 27, 2016 Update

The MPS Server Facility is currently undergoing climate system upgrades, and is tentatively scheduled for completion for early August 2016. Watch this space for updates on facility activities.

For more information and application see:

Bioinformatics Self-Help

Tutorials, HPCC Best Practices, and other useful information:

Research Labs

Arnosti Lab - Dr. David Arnosti

Buell Lab — Dr. C. Robin Buell

Evolutionary Genomics Lab (PLB) — Dr. Shin-Han Shiu

Experimental Evolution — Dr. Richard Lenski

Gene Expression in Development & Disease Focus Group (GEDD) — Dr. David Arnosti, Director

Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) — MSU-DOE Partnership

Graduate Students

Graduate Course List

Specialized Computational Biology Courses

Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Faculty

Current Science at the Edge Seminars

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