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Bioinformatics is a hybrid science that links biological research data with techniques for information distribution, analysis and storage. Medical genetics research produces a huge amount of data, especially as efforts in research collaboration become more fruitful. The discovery of information is only part of the goal of genetic research. Interpreting the significance of that information for the clinicians will turn data into preventions of and treatments for genetic disorders.
To better meet the growing need for data management, the Greenwood Genetic Center has created the office of Bioinformatics and Epidemiology.
The three main goals of bioinformatics are:
The Greenwood Genetic Center bioinformatics team includes, bioinformatics specialists Katharine Kubiak, MS, Stephen McGee, MS, and Rini Pauly, MS and bioinformatics analyst, Juan Bolanos. Research work is focused on understanding how microRNAs and circadian rhythms contribute to the pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders as well as other genetic diseases. Together and individually, our team is working to meet the challenges faced by modern genetic scientists. Projects in the Bioinformatics department include: