Bioinformatics & Biostatistics Core

General Overview

The Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core provides efficient, high quality computational and statistical expertise for Van Andel Research Institute laboratories and external organizations in the analysis and interpretation of data.

The core maintains sequencing pipelines for processing and analyzing genomic data sets, develops custom tools and applications for quantitative image analysis, provides access to a variety of proprietary and open-source resources, and oversees the maintenance and development of high-performance computing capabilities. Services include:

  • Statistical consulting
  • Experimental design
    • Research proposal development
    • Sample size determination
    • Randomization procedures
  • Manuscript preparation and data deposition
  • Genomic variant detection and annotation
  • Transcript/isoform differential expression
  • DNA copy number determination
  • Systems-level analysis such as gene-set and network-based analysis
  • Analysis, interpretation, and presentation of small and large data sets
    • Time-series data
    • Tumor growth
    • Drug response
  • Custom application and tool development

For more information on specific services and pricing, please contact Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core Manager Dr. Mary Winn at 616.234.5381 or at mary.winn@vai.org.

How to request services

VARI’s Core Technologies and Services manages service requests through iLab Solutions. Each Core maintains an iLab page that provides descriptions of the Core as well as options to schedule equipment and request services. Pricing also is available in iLab (See Schedule Equipment and/or Request Services). Current iLab users can login here.

VARI staff that need a login (or further iLab support) should contact Lori Moon and MSU staff that need a login should contact Erica Lange. External users that need an iLab account/login can go here for account creation. After logging in, external users should click “list all cores” under the Core Facilities section in the left menu and scroll down to “Cores at Van Andel Institute”.