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Biological informatics (bioinformatics) concerns the analysis and interpretation of various types of data including nucleotide and amino acid sequences, protein domains, and protein structures. Informatics helps us to understand and organize different types of information, and to see patterns in the information. The Bioinformatics Core aims to provide expert consultation by developing informatics strategy for analysis of complex data sets for RI-INBRE-supported investigators, and educate faculty and students regarding bioinformatics approaches for their research in the RI-INBRE thematic areas.  The Bioinformatics Core works closely with the INBRE Centralized Research Core Facility and the Genomics and Sequencing Center at URI to coordinate analyses that require multiple computational and experimental resources.  We also maintain contact with other cores and user facilities in Rhode Island and New England and can refer you if your research needs can’t be met with available resources.

If you utilize the core services, please remember to acknowledge the core facility in your future correspondence.  For small-scale analyses, a line in the Acknowledgements sections of your manuscript is sufficient.  For larger-scale analyses, please consider including core personnel as co-authors.  Also be sure to keep us informed of any manuscripts or grant submissions involving the core so that we may keep metrics for reporting to NIH.

Introduction to R Workshops, Summer 2016

R is one of the fastest growing statistical programming tools in science.  As part of our mission to educate users on useful bioinformatics tools, the Bioinformatics Core will be conducting a series of workshops this summer on R.  These workshops are geared towards beginners with no programming experience and will gradually introduce more complicated concepts as the summer progresses.  We will initially have four workshops with more planned based on demand.  The workshops will be held in 205 Pharmacy at URI.  Because of limited space in the room and for the convenience of those outside of URI, we will be utilizing video conferencing to maximize participation.  To register, please click on the “Workshops and Tutorials” tab to the right.  Updates on the workshops will be sent out on the listserv.

Bioinformatics Listserv

To simplify communication and keep our users up to date on Core functions, we have set up a listserv at URI.  To join the listserv, send an email to listserv@listserv.uri.edu with the following in the body of the message: subscribe INBRE-BIOINFO your name.  If you do not receive an email confirming your subscription, send an email directly to Chris Hemme (hemmecl at uri dot edu).

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