Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

Bioinformatics faculty members in the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis work collaboratively with investigators to provide novel computational methods, tools and algorithms for the advancement of cancer disease research. Our bioinformatics faculty engage in collaborative research in the areas of bioinformatics, statistical genetics and systems biology to retrieve and analyze various kinds of biological data including DNA/RNA sequences, protein sequences and structures, microarray data and RT-PCR data for the purpose of facilitating biological discovery. Special emphasis is placed on next-generation sequencing data analysis.

Biostatistics Services are also provided, with additional support from faculty in the Division of Quantitative Sciences in Houston.

Research Areas and Projects

  • Developing working relationships with MD Anderson research faculty and external collaborators to expand the use of advanced computational techniques in RNA-Seq, DNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq and methylation sequencing data and related research at Science Park

  • Providing guidance to faculty, students, and coworkers in the use of specialized applications, programming, computation and data analysis techniques for various biological data

  • Conducting computational biology and bioinformatics seminars and workshops for MD Anderson Science Park (may extend to main campus) researchers and students
  • Co-developing or contributing to grant proposals with research faculty, professional colleagues or external collaborators to apply advanced computing and related bioinformatics research to the study of human cancers

  • Maintaining awareness of emerging computational technologies and methods for deployment in future advanced computing systems and methodologies for biomedical science