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Who are we?

The MSU Bioinformatics Core is a collaboration among bioinformatics consultants from the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (ICER), the Research Support Technology Facility (RTSF), and Biomedical Research Informatics Core (BRIC). We have consolidated our expertise to serve best the bioinformatics needs of the research community at MSU. Brian O’Shea is our interim director. 

Our Mission

The Bioinformatics Core supports research by analyzing complex omics data sets, integrating data from multiple methodologies, and providing a meaningful biological context for the results. We are involved at all stages of the investigative process, including experimental design, constructing and maintaining reproducible workflows, writing and reviewing manuscripts, offering letters of support for grants, and providing training for researchers at all stages of their careers. 


Why collaborate with a bioinformatician?

As bioinformaticians, our expertise with both the systems and techniques of computational analysis allow us to identify and resolve issues which might not be obvious to investigators. However, our goal is not simply to apply the proper analysis to data but also ensure investigators understand what was done, why it was done, and be able to interpret the results. As such, by collaborating with a bioinformatician, investigators can expect to receive high quality, reliable data generated using methods that stand up to peer review.

Our Process

Initial Consultation

All bioinformatics core services include a free consultation meeting prior to any analysis. We discuss what services we offer, assist with experimental design, and answer questions you might have. For more information about planning a project with us, see our policies page.


Following the initial consultation, we will generate a roadmap that outlines the overall analysis strategy including what services are required, what workflows will be used, what results and reports will be provided, as well as any additional support, such as manuscript review, grant support, and assistance with providing data to public repositories. For more information see our services page.

Follow-up Meeting

Following the delivery of results, we meet with researchers (faculty, staff, post-docs and graduate students) to answer follow-up questions.

Request a Consultation

To request a consultation fill our consultation request form. Click the link below, and log in to the Help Center or sign up for an account. Please include key experimental details including data type (RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, genomic DNA, single-cell, etc.), desired analysis (differential expression analysis, peak calling, variant calling, etc.), species, the expected number of samples, and the timeline for sample submission.

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