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The BioMicro Center supports a broad set of computational services for CORE members including hardware, software and informatic support.


Informatics Team

A critical aspect of providing our users with genomic data 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 MIT scientists affiliated with MIT CEHS or the departments of Biology and Biological Engineering. Bioinformatic projects are undertaken by the BioMicro Center on a collaborative basis. Prices for Bioinformatics support are available.

If you are looking for informatics support, the easiest way to begin is with an email to 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.

More information about bioinformatics support through the BioMicro Center is available HERE.


The BioMicro Center collaborates with the Koch Institute Bioinformatics Computing Core and the MIT Libraries to support a number of bioinformatics tools that are available for members of the MIT community. Generally these break down into software packages from companies, either for secondary analysis of assays or for tertiary annotation, or informatics tools installed on our computing environment. Please check out the Software page for more informaiton


The BioMicro Center has developed and manages a computational infrastructure to support our genomics experimentation and bioinformatics analysis. In response to requests from our users, we have expanded these servers to create a collaborative computational environment at MIT. These public servers are designed to offer CORE labs access to inexpensive analysis and storage systems that piggy-back on the existing infrastructure. Charges for the equipment are billed on an annual basis.

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Linux Cluster High Density Storage
Available to CORE labs
Isilon Cluster
Available to KI labs only
  • SGE queueing system
  • Free account has limited queue
  • Requires purchase of storage
  • TSM backup of all data.
  • Available on Mac/PC/UNIX
  • Available any place at MIT or VPN
  • Data available for analysis on ROUS
  • Can create public spaces (web access)
  • 28 Nodes
  • 256 cores
  • 1584 GB RAM
  • 500+TB
  • 99% uptime (est)
  • RAID6 architecture
  • 750+TB
  • 99.9% uptime (est)
  • KI users only