Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics /ˌbaɪ.oʊˌɪnfərˈmætɪks/ (listen) is an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for understanding biological data. As an interdisciplinary field of science, bioinformatics combines biology, computer science, information engineering, mathematics and statistics to analyze and interpret biological data. Bioinformatics applications include silico analyses of biological queries using mathematical and statistical techniques.

What is LBRN?

Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN) was established in September 2001 with Biomedical Research Infrastructure Networks (BRIN) funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) Grant P20RR016456, the LBRN is committed to raising the research competitiveness of Louisiana researchers. The IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) was the second phase of the BRIN Program when LBRN initially started. Currently, LBRN is in the third phase with continued funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Grant 8P20GM103424 and the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund.

Where can I seek more advanced bioinformatics training and education?

To address the acute shortage of researchers in bioinformatics and genomics with the necessary quantitative knowledge base to manage the vast amounts of data generated by the omics and next generation sequencing and other related technologies, the LSUHSC-Bioinformatics and Genomics Program is developing a new MS training track in bioinformatics and genomics.

The Division of Biotechnology & Molecular Medicine in collaboration with Pine Biotech and the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network offers on-line and in class courses that are detailed in this website. A defined program leading to certification is in planning stages.

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