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Bioinformatics Core Facility

Nemours Biomedical Research

About Bioinformatics Core Facility

The Bioinformatics Core Facility (BCF) provides specialized network and computing resources (both hardware and software), as well as support and training in experimental design, biostatistics, data analysis, and data management for researchers and investigators. The BCF offers the specialized tools and knowledge required for cutting-edge research, bringing together information technology with the life sciences.

The BCF impacts the patient care that we deliver by assisting researchers in their work to find underlying mechanisms and causes of human disease. This research may lead to new methods of treatment and diagnosis.

Current Research Group
  • H. Timothy Bunnell, PhD, Director
  • Jobayer Hossain, PhD, Biostatistician
  • Suzanne M. McCahan, PhD, Assistant Research Scientist
  • Christopher Pennington, MS, Unix Systems and Database Manager
  • Bilal Bayindir, BS, Graduate Assistant

Services

The Bioinformatics Core Facility (BCF) provides specialized network and computing resources (both hardware and software), as well as support and training in experimental design, biostatistics, data analysis, and data management for researchers and investigators.

  • Consultation
  • Data storage and manipulation
  • Data analysis
  • Access to computer hardware and software
  • Special purpose programming
  • Training
  • Nemours Biomedical Research Statistics Course — This course is designed to teach participants about data analysis and the use of statistical methods in clinical research. Participants are expected to gain experience in designing clinical studies, data analysis, presentation, and interpretation of statistical analysis.

Software

We have developed and continue to maintain several web applications including:
  • TimeKeeper
  • the Biosafety Database
  • NED (Nemours Experimental Database, an electronic lab notebook)
  • Symposia registration and tracking
Externally designed and internally maintained web applications hosted by the BCF include:
  • REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture from the REDCap Consortium — a secure web application that allows users to build and manage online surveys and databases for a variety of purposes including basic, clinical, translational and behavioral research, repositories, and operational support)
  • i2b2 (Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside)
  • Drupal (a web content management system)

With the use of several programming languages (PERL, MySQL, PHP, HTML, Javascript, etc.), the BCF can develop custom scripts and applications for Nemours projects and studies. Other services offered by the BCF include experimental design for parallel, crossover, longitudinal, cross-section, microarray, and high-throughput sequencing studies; data mining; and standard statistical analysis. The BCF utilizes many software packages including SPSS, SAS, R, Bioconductor, MeV, CMfinder, MOSAIK, and more.

Contact Us

H. Timothy Bunnell, PhD

Director
(302) 651-6835
tim.bunnell@nemours.org

Location:

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Rockland Center 1
1701 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803


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