BSU - Bioinformatics Support Unit

The Newcastle University Bioinformatics Support Unit (BSU) was established in 2005 to address a need for hands on bioinformatics expertise, and with an appreciation of the fact that this expertise is very often not required full time, or for the entire duration of a project. The flexibility of support offered by the BSU means that our experience is broad, since we are involved in wide range of projects.

We collaborate with researchers to provide analysis and interpretation of a range of biological and biomedical data. We are happy to work with researchers on high-throughput experimental design and project planning. Our staff have extensive experience with a wide variety of datasets from many different technologies, including high-throughput sequencing, microarrays and mass spectrometry.

As well as scientific collaboration, we also provide training courses and bespoke 1-to-1 training for researchers and industry. We run regular courses on command-line Linux and R/Bioconductor. Our approach to training was recently endorsed by the award of a BBSRC Strategic Training and Research Skills (STARS) grant.

The BSU has a history of successful and productive collaborations with investigators from across Newcastle University and beyond. Researchers in the BSU have co-authored > 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and provided vital input for many more. We provide collaborative bioinformatics input on active grants worth around £15m.

The BSU recently expanded in an effort to provide more focussed, specialist expertise in certain key areas. 'Embedded' BSU staff in cancer research, human genetics and cellular medicine provide these vital specialisms.

The Bioinformatics Support Unit is always eager to collaborate, and to innovate. So whatever your project, if it is likely to involve a data analysis component, come and talk to us about it.

Contact:
Bioinformatics Support Unit
Room M2.046/M2.046A
Second Floor William Leech Building
Newcastle University
Framlington Place
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 4HH
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7253
Email: bsu-support@ncl.ac.uk
Web: http://bsu.ncl.ac.uk/support
Twitter: @nclbsu

Staff:
Dr Simon Cockell, Unit Manager
Mr Robert Stones, BSU Experimental Scientific Officer (ESO)
Mr John Casement, BSU analyst
Dr Sirintra Nakjang, ESO (NICR)
Dr Graham Smith, ESO (ICM)
Dr Jannetta Steyn, ESO (IGM)
Mr Andrew Skelton, ESO (Musculoskeletal Research Group)

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