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Our Mission

The Genome Informatics Facility serves as a centralized resource of expertise on the application of emerging sequencing technologies and open source software as applied to biological systems.  Its mission is to integrate this knowledge into pipelines that are easy to understand and use by faculty, staff and students to enable the transformation of ‘big data’ into data that dramatically accelerates our understanding of biology and evolutionary processes.

Contact us at gifhelp@iastate.edu if you have a project that needs analysis or want a review of your grant bioinformatic methods text.
More information about our services can be found on this page.

Andrew Severin
Genome Informatics Facility Manager

Our Vision

Our vision for bioinformatics is to build relationships between scientists and bioinformaticians that enable us to gain insight into interesting biological questions and solve some of the most pressing biological problems facing our world.

Objectives

  1. Our primary objective is to serve as leaders in high throughput data analysis and enable faculty and researchers to gain insight into their biological problems. 
    We have experience in RNA-Seq, transcriptome assembly, genome assembly, genome annotation, functional analyses, metabolomics, phosphoproteomics, methylation analyses and script generation for custom project needs. More Information.
  2. Collaborate on projects that require significant expertise in bioinformatics
    As experimental design becomes more data intensive; the need for bioinformatics expertise on grants to train and guide graduate students and postdocs has become essential to obtaining extramural grant funding.  Contact us at gifhelp@iastate.edu for collaborative grant writing opportunities, free experimental design and methods section review.
  3. Develop a centralized resource of bioinformatic expertise
    There is a need to increase the communication between isolated bioinformaticians across campus and consolidate our combined knowledge of scripts and pipelines to advance science.  Are you a bioinformatician and want to join in our shared knowledge platform?  Ask us about our Slack channel.

Authorship

Authorship for facility personnel should be based on intellectual and scientific contribution to the research reported in the paper.  For specific guidelines as to whether or not the contributions to your project warrant authorship see these published guidelines.  Authorship does not constitute payment for bioinformatic services.

Grant Collaborations

Collaborative grant writing with staff in the Genome Informatics Facility is one way to increase your ability to garner extramural grant funding, expand your repertoire of skills in your lab and ask questions related to your research using high throughput data.

Indications that you may want to collaborate with GIF staff:

  1. Grant review indicates a lack of expertise/knowledge in bioinformatics
  2. Grant review indicates problems with experimental design, data management, analysis
  3. Project requires significant bioinformatics expertise
  4. Project requires training of a graduate student or PostDoc in bioinformatics

For more information send an inquiry for collaboration to gifhelp@iastate.edu.