Who We Are
Bioinformatics is devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation. The Bioinformatics and Biological Computing Unit promotes and supports the adoption, use, and development of bioinformatics tools for advancing biological research.
Since bioinformatics is such a broad field, our efforts are focused on those topics that are most needed by Weizmann researchers; currently, most of our work is in the area of molecular biology. In order to provide expertise across a wide range of bioinformatics tools, the group includes scientists with advanced training in both the life sciences and the computational / mathematical sciences.
Our website contains a variety of information about bioinformatics resources available at the Weizmann Institute and elsewhere.
Click on a link on the Toolbox link at the blue bar above to find out about tools, training, and consulting that we offer, as well as related activities.
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Our Primary Activities Include:
- Training: We teach several courses, including an introduction to bioinformatics for biologists, Perl and relational database programming, and microarray data analysis.
We also sponsor a series of workshops on topics in the field; they typically include lectures in the mornings and hands-on sessions in the afternoon. In addition, we help host a seminar series, with presentations by Weizmann researchers and visitors from elsewhere.
- Consulting: Our helpdesk provides email, telephone, and in-person consulting on using bioinformatics tools. Support is primarily available for "sequence to function" analysis of molecular biology data and microarray data analysis. Support for design of databases and software systems is also available. Although we occasionally perform entire data analyses,we generally guide the researchers who request our help so that they can learn to use the tools on their own.
- Infrastructure: Many people use our computers to access commonly needed bioinformatics software and databases. Both commercial and public-domain tools are available.
Some groups also use our computers for developing the new generation of bioinformatics software and for running advanced, custom data analyses. In addition, we provide computational support to the Biological Services Department.