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Center for Bioinformatics and Genomics

Mission:

To promote bioinformatics, computational biology, and translational research of human complex diseases/traits with the goal of accelerating the pace of scientific discovery, reducing mortality and improving the quality of life.

Research:

The Center will conduct multidisciplinary research with the goal of accelerating the pace of scientific discovery, reducing mortality and improving the quality of life of Americans.

Collaboration:

The Center will promote interactive and collaborative research in various fields, such as bioinformatics, biostatistics, computational biology, genetics, genomics, and proteomics.

Current research areas
  • Analytical methodology development for linkage and association studies, genome-wide association studies, next generation sequencing studies, and gene expression, epigenenic/epigenomic, and proteomic studies.
  • Clinical, genetic epidemiologic, genomic and proteomic studies of human complex diseases/traits, such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia, obesity, periodontal diseases, and female health related diseases/traits (e.g., age at menarche, age at menopause).
  • Genetic epidemiologic studies of psychological traits, such as smoking, alcohol drinking, and exercise.
  • Molecular/cellular biological studies of multiple signaling and gene regulation pathways involved in bone formation.
Future research directions
  • Short term goal: to establish bioinformatics, genomic and computational research as a major area of research strength at Tulane University for research funding and publications.
  • Long term goal: to build a first class center leading cutting edge research in bioinformatics, genetics, genomics, computational, molecular biological and translational research of human diseases, to attain national and international recognition for excellence in bioinformatic, genomic and computational research, and to be predominantly extramurally funded.
Service

The Center is dedicated to provide a broad range of services and education opportunities to the research community inside and outside Tulane University. Available services include:

  • To assist researchers in exploiting existing and emerging bioinformatic and computational approaches and tools.
  • To help researchers focus on their own expertise in research and be increasingly competitive in extramural grant application through assistance of bioinformatics from the Center.
  • To provide education and training opportunities to young and new investigators in bioinformatics and the related fields.
  • To provide services for various types of genomic and proteomic studies such as genome-wide SNP genotyping, protein expression profiling, and genomic methylation pattern characterization.
  • To provide aids in designing and managing biological databases, supports for exploring the high performance computing facilities housed in the Center, and appropriate statistical, genetic, and genomic analyses of experimental data, based on the Center investigators' expertise.