The Maine INBRE Bioinformatics Core facilitates data management and analysis for comparative functional genomics research by providing:
- Bioinformatics training and mentoring opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty
- Bioinformatics consulting
- Access to sequence analysis software
- Access to computational and data storage resources
A major focus of the Core is to provide research training and support educational programs in bioinformatics. We offer an annual Applied Bioinformatics Course and periodic bioinformatics workshops. In addition to these formal trainings, our Bioinformatics Scholars Program provides individually mentored research experiences in bioinformatics.
The Bioinformatics Scholars Program provides focused, individualized mentoring to advanced undergraduate students at Maine INBRE partner institutions.
The Core also supports communication networks for INBRE institutions to facilitate multi-center research and resource sharing and the confidential exchange of data. We also coordinate videoconferencing among INBRE institutions.
Core staff are active members of the NorthEast Bioinformatics Collaborative (NEBC) that is part of the NorthEast Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (NECC), a regional effort to facilitate cyber-enabled collaborative research among the Northeast Regional IDeA States: Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The NEBC has worked collaboratively to characterize the genome of the little skate, Leucoraja erinacea, in the Skate Genome Project.