Brandi Klingerman | October 23, 2016
When it comes to battling disease and maintaining healthy environments, DNA sequencing can be imperative to success. At the University of Notre Dame, the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF) supports research in many areas that increasingly rely on DNA sequencing, including cancer biology, vector-borne diseases, the development of drug and antibiotic resistance, monitoring invasive species, and much more.
The GBCF has two distinct groups: Genomics and Bioinformatics. Michael Pfrender- the GBCF Faculty Director, associate professor of biological sciences, and an affiliated faculty member of the Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH) and the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) – explains how the two groups work together, “On the genomics side, our staff generates the raw sequencing data. We then pass the data to the bioinformatics group who provide the data processing and analysis critical to the researchers who apply the gathered information to their study.”