The constant advance of high-throughput biotechnologies (e.g. NextGen Sequencing) has fostered a new generation of biomedical research that aims to uncover the inner workings of the cell on a genome-wide scale. This revolution is transforming research activities across ASU. To strengthen these research efforts and to create new research opportunities that are more competitive in the post-genomic era, the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) and the Biodesign Institute made a joint effort to establish a Bioinformatics Core (BiCo) facility in 2015. BiCo has three major functional components: (1) routine data-analysis services, (2) research-oriented collaborations, and (3) targeted training. It has coordinated operations with other core facilities on campus to improve user experience and productivity.

BiCo Teamabout Bioinformatics graphic

  • Director: Li Liu, M.D. (ASU Directory)

  • Research Scientist: Shanshan Yang, Ph.D. (ASU Directory)

  • Postdoctoral Associate: Abdulkadir Elmas, Ph.D.

  • Research Assistant: Navid Ahmadinejad, M.S.

  • Scientific Programmer: Brian Hanratty, M.S.

BiCo Hardware

  • 512-core server farm with a total of 4,448 gigaflops of computation power and 1.2 TB aggregate RAM

  • 55 TB of data storage

  • 1 Gbps Ethernet network

  • Access to ASU Advanced Computing Center