New Developments for NML Bioinformatics Program

The Norris Medical Library is very pleased to announce three important developments for its Bioinformatics Service Program:

  • Expanded Access to Key Commercial Bioinformatics Software
  • Increased Consulting/Educational Support
  • New Bioinformatics Review Committee

With supplemental funding provided by the Vice Provost’s Office, we will not only maintain our subscriptions to the three commercial bioinformatics software products currently licensed, but will also increase the number of concurrent user seats to help meet the growing demand for these software tools. Below is some key information about the license agreements that are now in effect:

  1. Ingenuity Pathways System (IPA)
    The number of concurrent user seats was increased from ONE to THREE.
  2. Partek Genomic Suite
    The number of concurrent user seats was increased from ONE to TWO.
  3. Vector NTI Advance 11
    The number of the current user seats remains unchanged at ONE.

The user access policies for the software are being revised and will be posted at the NML Bioinformatics Service Program web site by October 1st, 2010.

Catherine Quinlan, Dean of USC Libraries, has provided funding for an additional Bioinformatics Specialist to expand the services provided by Dr. Yibu Chen. This new faculty member has been recruited and will begin her appointment on September 15, 2010.

Ms. Meng Li earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences at Peking University and completed a dual M.S. in Bioinformatics and Biochemistry from Indiana University in 2008. She has extensive knowledge of microarray analysis, functional and pathway analysis, sequence data analysis, transcription factor analysis and integrated analysis of epigenetic and genetic events. For the past two years she has been employed as a Research Associate at Indiana University where she was responsible for performing bioinformatical and statistical analysis of microarray and sequencing data; exploring functional changes using multiple bioinformatics tools; and helping design experiments, interpret and organize results

We are also pleased to inform you that a Bioinformatics Committee has been established by Randolph Hall, Vice Provost for Research Advancement with representatives from the USC libraries, ITS, academic programs, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research Advancement. The committee will review bioinformatics software and services, possibly as part of a general review of scientific software. The committee will look into specific products, the financial model, and the organizational model that will best serve the University.

And finally, many of you who completed the Bioinformatics Needs Assessment questionnaire early this summer have asked to see the results of the survey. A summary of the results from 254 campus respondents is available online. Your feedback was instrumental in building institutional support for the Norris Medical Library’s Bioinformatics Service and to expand access to these essential research resources. If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to the Norris Medical Library’s Bioinformatics Specialist, Yibu Chen, Ph.D., at

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