OSU Genomics and Proteomics Center
BIOinfOSU blends the definitions of pure Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Bioinformatics: Research, development, or application of computational tools and approaches for expanding the use of biological, medical, behavioral or health data, including those to acquire, store, organize, archive, analyze, or visualize such data.
Computational Biology: The development and application of data-analytical and theoretical methods, mathematical modeling and computational simulation techniques to the study of biological, behavioral, and social systems.
-NIH BISTIC Definition Committee (July 17, 2000)
Bioinformatics is a cross-disciplinary field combining Math/Statistics with Biological Sciences. New genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics technologies result in experiments where huge amounts of data must be analyzed. Biologists and statisticians are working together more closely than ever before to extract meaningful information from these datasets. It is a difficult task. These disparate disciplines have different languages, often with conflicting terminology. The collective integration of biological data and statistics has been termed "bioinformatics", and is a fast-growing area of expertise with a stable job-market for this generation of students.
At OSU, biological information handling and analysis is assisted through a bioinformatics resource facility; BIOinfOSU. BIOinfOSU employs two full-time Bioinformaticians, and is working with multiple departments to provide state-of-the-art data solutions for OSU researchers campus-wide. BIOinfOSU also cooperates closely with the Recombinant DNA/Protein Resource Facility the OSU Microarray Core Facility, and the High Performance Computing Center.
Our website provides links to a range of bioinformatic resources. Some are locally developed by people associated with the facility are featured under software tools. We also purchase high-end commercial software which is made available campus-wide through license agreements, using an affordable fee-structure. When open-source or online software is used, we screen available tools and maintain the best of these tools in the Microarray Core Facility. Our bioinformaticians are available for consultation and training on a low-cost fee-recovery system. The first consultations are always free to allow interested parties to begin a new project with confidence.
To keep you up-to-date on bioinformatics happenings, we maintain a news site. The news includes software and hardware upgrades, workshops available for training and course credit (graduate students only). We will also include information regarding the formation of a Bioinformatics Option for graduate students from many participating Departments across campus.
Lastly, about us describes who we are, how we operate and how to contact us.