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 workflows for the processing and analyzing of genomic data sets, supports the design of rigorous and reproducible experiments and proposals, assists in the preparation of manuscripts, and provides education and training in the use of cutting-edge software and analysis methods. Specific 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. Megan Bowman at 616.234.5554 or megan.bowman@vai.org.

How to request services

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

VARI staff that need a login (or further CrossLab support) should contact Lori Moon and MSU staff that need a login should contact Erica Lange. External users that need an CrossLab 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”.