As part of our mission statement, the BioMicro Center is designed to assist users in computational challenges. One key aspect of this is providing our users with the bioinformatics support to interpret their data readily and to assist them in analyzing data for publications and grants. To accomplish this, the BioMicro Center has a team of informatics scientists on staff able to assist labs with experience in a broad number of methodologies. Bioinformatics consultations are available by appointment for CORE lab members. Bioinformatic projects are undertaken by the BioMicro Center on a collaborative basis. Prices for Bioinformatics support are available.
Ryan Abo, PhD
Ryan has recently joined the Biomicro center as a bioinformatics scientist. He received his undergraduate education in computer science from the College of Idaho. He then pursued a Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics, where his computational background and interests influenced his Ph.D. thesis work in developing, implementing, and applying statistical methods and computation tools for genetic data analysis. A postdoctoral opportunity at the Mayo Clinic led him to performing bioinformatics and statistical genetics research and analysis for pharmacogenomic-related projects.
Stuart Levine's primary responsibility is to direct the BioMicro Center but in a previous life Stuart was a bioinformaticist and is still available to assist on data analysis as time is available. Stuart received his BS in Biology from MIT (where he UROPed with Dr. Peter Sorger) then did his graduate work with Dr. Bob Kingston and Dr. William Forrester at Harvard Medical School where he studied the biochemical activities of the polycomb group of gene regulators. Stuart then did his post-doctoral work with Dr. Richard Young where he switched from biochemistry to bioinformatics, studying gene regulation on a genome wide scale using expression and chromatin immunoprecipitation data. Stuart has numerous publications in the areas of regulation of transcription, genomic architecture and cell fate determination.
- Chromatin IP
- expression analysis
SETTING UP SUPPORT
If you are looking for informatics support, the easiest way to begin is with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of your experiment. One of the members of our informatics staff will reach out to you to schedule a one on one meeting. This meeting is free for CORE lab members. Once an experimental plan is approved we will begin work on your project, checking in with you at regular intervals to be sure the project is on track. The project can be paused at any time by the researcher.
Significant portions of the informatics staff salaries are paid by direct support from faculty members. As such, these "sponsors" of the informatics groups have priority access on their projects. Additional blocks of time are reserved for each informaticist to work on projects that are billed hourly with priority given to CORE labs. A small number of hours may remain to assist non-MIT labs with data analysis but such projects are always considered low priority. Labs interested in sponsoring the informatics staff at the BioMicro Center should contact Stuart Levine.
Informatics projects through the BioMicro Center are considered collaborative efforts. Publications resulting from statistic or bioinformatics work frequently merit co-authorship: the order of authorship is not of concern. Placing BioMicro Center staff on publications significantly increases our ability to obtain financial support through grants and is helpful in the renewal process for CEHS and KI core grants.
Additional bioinformatics support is available through
- The Bioinformatics and Computing Core Facility at the Koch Institute for Integrated Cancer Research
- Bioinformatics and Research Computing at the Whitehead Institute
Bioinformatics staff members receive some direct salary support from the Departments of Biology and Biological Engineering as well as the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences.