Our mission is to remove barriers in the analysis of genomic data by providing bioinformatics support to the VCU community. We help researchers focus on biological interpretation without worrying about the technical expertise needed to process and store genomic data. Whether you are considering a new project and need some advice, or you already have a pile of data you need to make sense of, Wright Center bioinformatics experts are here to assist you at every stage of the process, from experimental design through publication and beyond, with extended participation in funded research grants.
The Wright Center offers a range of bioinformatics services for genomic data, including:
- Free consultations
- Data analysis, visualization and interpretation
- Access to protected and public genomic data from online databases
- Grant/proposal and manuscript writing
- Long-term research support for funded grants
See our Bioinformatics Services.pdf (pdf) for more details.
Bioinformatics Education and Resources
The Wright Center offers complementary short courses on a variety of bioinformatics and translational informatics topics. Some courses offer a Certificate of Completion. VCU employees can access seminar and course recordings through our Kaltura channel. For more information about past offerings, visit the Wright Center Bioinformatics RAMPage. For advanced notification of new course offerings, subscribe to the bioinformatics mailing list by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes your name and the email address you would like on the list.
The Wright Center bioinformatics staff requests co-authorship, and will assist with manuscript preparation, if staff members have developed tools, algorithms, pipelines, participated in experiment design planning, or have contributed substantially to a biological question addressed in a manuscript. We ask that, at minimum, you acknowledge us in publications to which we have contributed routine analysis, data management or conversion, or data submission services and that you cite the CTSA grant number (UL1TR002649) accordingly.
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