The Informatics Research Core Facility (IRCF) at the University of Missouri is a full-service Bioinformatics group at the University of Missouri. It offers a broad range of expertise and capabilities. Send an email (ircf at missouri dot edu) or stop by to discuss your interests — we’re in the Bond Life Sciences Center, suite 106.

Computational Infrastructure for Bioinformatics

An important part of what we do is facilitate the use of high-performance computing hardware to analyze biological data. Biologists have become adept at generating “Big Data” scale projects, but only a few have the expertise to manage and analyze their data directly. This is a key role the IRCF can play in the collection of strategies to finish a project. IRCF staff have extensive expertise in managing and analyzing massive data sets and designing strategies that bridge the distance from the bench to the bit.

Computational Resources

At the ​University of Missouri, there are several options for accessing High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources. The most significant resource is the ​Lewis Cluster, which is managed by the ​Research Computing Support Services group. The IRCF manages a smaller development server where staff can work on developing pipelines and process user data when necessary. Finally, The IRCF can facilitate bridging projects from the local Lewis cluster to a cloud computing resource like ​AWS, the ​Google cloud or ​XSEDE.