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  Bioinformatics Core  

The Bioinformatics Core supports students, faculty, and researchers throughout the state and region with computational educational, training, platforms, and services related to biomedical research.

A primary focus of the Bioinformatics Core is support for the joint UALR/UAMS Graduate Program in Bioinformatics . The graduate program began officially in 2004 as a direct result of funding by the AR INBRE and offers both Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Bioinformatics.

The Bioinformatics Core supports activities of the MidSouth Bioinformatics Center at UALR (MBC).  Students, faculty, and researchers  can make use of the consulting services, computational resources, skills workshops, reference library, and online knowledge base provided by the MBC. Workshops on LAMP technologies (Linus, Apache, MySQL, and Perl) and the R statistical analysis package are regular offerings. Many bioinformatics graduate students have assistantships working in the MBC, some of which are sponsored by the Arkansas INBRE, the UALR College of Engineering and Information Technology, and the UAMS College of Medicine.

The MBC through the Bioinformatics Core provides technical and strategic support to the MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society (MCBIOS), a regional society founded by UALR professor, Dr. Steve Jennings. This includes website services, maintaining listservs, and facilitating the attendance at the annual MCBIOS conference by Arkansas students and faculty.

Additionally, the Bioinformatics Core supports the bioinformatics research efforts of the undergraduate faculty researchers sponsored by the Arkansas INBRE. 

Bioinformatics Core Support Request Form



Contact Dr. Elizabeth Pierce or Dr. Mary Yang for more information regarding the joint UALR/UAMS Graduate Program in Bioinformatics.

Elizabeth Pierce, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Chair, UALR
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 683-7056 (voice)

Mary Yang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Chair, UALR
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 683-7056 (voice)

Contact Dr. Galina Glazko for consulting services and tools for the analysis, integration and interpretation of large-scale biological "omics" data.

Galina Glazko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UAMS
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 603-1758 (voice)


The Arkansas INBRE is supported by a grant  from the National Institutes of Health

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (P20 GM103429).

Please contact Diane McKinstry regarding questions or comments about this site or our program.
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