Bioinformatics core facility

The Bioinformatics facility comprising two Bioinformatics experimental officers and an academic lead aims to support research across the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences by providing advice in experimental design and costing for research bids, and skills in data processing, handling and analysis. 

The facility also provides Bioinformatic services to external parties on a contractual basis.

Bioinformatic resources and skills available 

  • Two FT staff members.
  • 8 Linux servers comprising 2 - 64 CPUs, 1-128GB RAM and 16 -15000GB of storage, with this capacity increasing over time, based on the contributions from research grants.
  • Licenced software; Metacore (GeneGO) for the analysis of biological systems.

Experienced in processing of data from

  • DNA- and RNA-seq, including Genome assembly, GWAS, SNP analysis, differential expression, peak identification, metagenomics
  • Microarrays, including differential expression, ChIP-on-chip, genotyping/SNP
  • Metabolomics data from mass spectrometry instruments
  • Phenomic data from Biolog
  • Clinical measurement data

Analytical skills:

  • Exploratory data analysis (incl. PCA, descriptive statistics, histograms, boxplots)
  • General Data mining (incl. Clustering, multidimensional scaling, artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic)
  • Data visualization (incl. custom made and standard visualisation plots)
  • Statistical analyses (incl. mixture models, ANOVA, Kaplan-meier estimate, power calculations)
  • General sequence analysis and manipulation (alignment, motif search)
  • Machine learning and classification (incl. short time-series, linear models)
  • ‘Systems analysis’ (flux balance analysis of genome scale metabolic networks (GSMNs), and general modelling and simulation using tools such as SurreyFBA, QSSPN)

Note: The skills highlighted above are not exhaustive and the team welcomes the chance to expand and enhance their skills to support the faculty. If you would like to discuss your own data/required skills please do get in touch at


Please consult the ‘Terms of reference’ document. Requests for bioinformatics support can be sent to, where the team endeavour to respond to emails within 24 hours during the working week. Note that requests to support a new project should come from the Principal Investigator (PI), where information regarding the source of funding and allocation to the facility (if applicable) is require.

Support Staff

Name Role Email
Dr Carla Moller-Levet Experimental Officer in Bioinformatics
Dr Huihai Wu Experimental Officer in Bioinformatics

Contact us

  • Phone: +44 (0)1483 686700
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