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Mission News & Events
The mission of the Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology is to conduct collaborative research with clinical and basic science departments, and to support the need for quantitative sciences in the fields of genomics, proteomics, radiotherapy, molecular and cell biology and computer-assisted diagnoses and image analysis.

The Bioinformatics Group will develop statistically rigorous solutions for the design and analysis of experiments within the Cancer Genomics Program, and will provide data analysis, acquisition, curation and retrieval tools to complement the laboratory services offered by the Cancer Genomics Program.

For general information about the department, please see the department's institutional page.

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Research Support and Collaborative Research
  • Genome Data Analysis Center (GDAC) for the NIH's The Cancer Genome Atlas project
  • Combining drug sensitivity results with gene expression profiles
  • Discovering and validating cancer signatures in reverse-phase protein lysate array (RPPA) data
  • Better quantifications and processing of RPPA data
  • Analysis of methylation arrays
  • Searching for alternative splicing using exon arrays
  • Sample size computations for microarray and proteomics profiling experiments
  • Low-level processing of mass spectrometry proteomics data

MD Anderson researchers can:

  • Meet with an on-duty bioinformatics analyst in our weekly clinic, held Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in FCT5.5049 (T. Boone Pickens Academic Tower, 5th floor) for brief questions and consults.
  • Inquire about starting a new project, such as analysis support or collaborative research, by completing a request form. You will be contacted, usually within 1 or 2 days, by an appropriate bioinformatics faculty. (Of course, you can also initiate a new request by consulting an analyst or faculty in Bioinformatics you already know.)
  • View the status of an ongoing project using our Bioinformatics Project Tracker.

Additional details on these and other ways in which we can assist are described on our institutional inside page (MD Anderson access only).

Education & Outreach Program Support

The department fulfills its educational mission by training graduate students, mentoring postdoctoral fellows, teaching formal courses in bioinformatics, presenting its research at seminars and conferences, and providing short tutorials and workshops. Formal courses taught by members of the department include an introduction to microarray analysis (aimed at bioinformatics specialists) which is taught every few years. We are also in the process of developing an introductory bioinformatics course specifically for non-specialists. Some course and tutorial notes are available on the website.

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support, without which many of our research and educational programs would not be possible:

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