Bioinformatics and Data Sciences Service Center  

Chindo Hicks, Ph.D.
Program Director, Bioinformatics and Genomics Program, Department of Genetics 

The Bioinformatics and Data Science Service Center (BDSSC) is a School of Medicine service center operated by the Bioinformatics and Genomics Program in the Department of Genetics. The BDSSC is set up to facilitate massive scale genomics at LSUHSC and supports omics, sequence, and phenotypic data types as well as other types of biological data and integration of these data with clinical information. Our mission and vision is that in this era of Big Data and multiplatform and multiscale omics and other biological data, that the BDSSC provides the best bioinformatics solutions and cutting edge bioinformatics services for the LSUHSC research community and a high performance computational infrastructure to enable delivery of those services.  

Our services are designed to provide greater momentum for new labs, higher efficiency for established labs, new levels of capability and capacity and a level of infrastructure that cannot easily be built by a single lab or department. Our facilities are available to any LSUHSC researcher, LSUHSC affiliates and collaborating partners on a cost recovery basis or cost sharing (unless noted otherwise). Our goal in providing bioinformatics as a service is to help LSUHSC labs and labs at partner institutions do cutting edge bioinformatics data analysis without a significant investment in laboratory personnel. The bioinformaticians supporting this service are embedded with LSUHSC’s Bioinformatics and Genomics Program Team . In addition to providing services, we conduct collaborative research on interdisciplinary research projects and methodology development, training students in bioinformatics, data sciences and data analytics in omics and other biological data and integration of these data with clinical information.  

Members of the BDSSC team support various large-scale genomics projects at LSUHSC, including omics data generated by the Genomics, the UAB-Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, the Louisiana Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences and the Center for Translational and Viral Oncology (CTVO) and other large-scale projects, the LSUHSC Precision Medicine Initiative. Our clients can be assured that they are getting the best practice that LSUHSC has to offer. Services offered in pipeline development, secondary and tertiary analysis, data interpretation, and training. We offer multiple gateways for various needs: We support NGS data types including: 

  • RNA-Seq including single cell and with synthetic spike-ins 
  • ChIP-Seq 
  • DNA-Seq including Whole Genome Sequencing, Whole Exome Sequencing, Deep Sequencing (Gene panels) and Cancer Seq (Germline and somatic) 
  • Gene and protein expression data 
  • Uncommon data types such as ATAC-seq, Hi-C, Methyl-Seq 

We provide limited-time for free consultation to investigators through our free Clinic Mechanism every Friday at 3:00-4:00pm.  Depending on your needs and the nature of the project, you might meet with one bioinformatician or your research might be discussed in either the Data Studio or the free clinic. This service includes assistance in preparing projects with one of the outcomes being the identification of one or more staff interested in continuing to work with the PI. All other services are provided on a cost recovery basis.  Additional information about the BDSSC can be found at the following website: