Bioinformatics Core Facility

The OICBB is developing the Ottawa Bioinformatics Core Facility (OBCF) with the purpose of offering bioinformatics & biostatistics consulting, hardware and software platforms (including usage expertise), training services, and data analysis support. To be located in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa, the OBCF will serve scientists, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students from the university as well as to external researchers. The service will be provided either in the framework of collaborative projects with the OICBB scientists, or on a fee-for-service basis. In order to maximize the utility of our planned facility, we are requesting input from the Ottawa research community on the types or amounts of services that would be most useful for--so please contact us if you are interested in using our bioinformatics services.


  • The OCBF will provide consultancy services on individual projects (both free and paid) as well as on the planning and experimental design of projects (particularly by supporting grant proposal writing).

Education and practical training

  • The OCBF provides researchers & students from the Ottawa area with educational support and practical training in the use of software and analysis methods.
  • Training includes the organization of seminars, workshops, and software training courses.
  • Teaching in the regular curriculum at the University of Ottawa Bioinformatics-related graduate programs and courses.

Research services & scientific collaborations

  • The OCBF provides researchers, postdoctoral trainees and graduate students with bioinformatics and statistical resources for data analysis and interpretation, both publicly available and commercial programs.
  • The OCBF will develop a variety of databases and software for data analysis for particular project needs upon request on a fee basis.
  • A structure for standard fees and custom tailored services will be developed. Research services will also be provided for free in the framework of scientific collaborations.
  • The OCBF will participate in various research teams and consortia, where it will perform database development, data analysis, and methods development.

Areas of expertise

OICBB scientists have in-depth expertise in a broad range of studies and techniques, to serve a variety of potential research needs, yet the service mission of the OBCF would benefit from a predominant focusing on major research directions. Major assessed areas of demand for the OBCF service are related to the following areas:

  • Genomics and functional genomics
  • Computational proteomics
  • Systems Biology including network modeling
  • Structural biology
  • Data analysis related to studies of human diseases in areas such as cancer, cardiovascular and brain and mind research
  • Literature & data mining including data integration from different sources