The IIDS Genomics and Bioinformatics Resources Core (GBRC) provides researchers from the University of Idaho access to technology, experience, and expertise in genomics research. Applications of these technologies are commonly used in biomedical research, but the interdisciplinary focus of the U of I results in a wide range of fields that can benefit from the core, including microbial studies, agricultural studies, forest management, and animal science. The GBRC is also available to researchers that are external to the U of I. With approximately $1.8 million in specialized genomic equipment, we offer a wide variety of services and capabilities including next-generation sequencing, targeted re-sequencing, and high-throughput sample preparation of both DNA and RNA. The core also offers expertise in the bioinformatics needed to acquire, analyze, and visualize data generated from high throughput technologies used in genomics research.
The GBRC implements an innovative approach to genomics research: the Interdisciplinary Triangle of Collaboration. The key to success of the Interdisciplinary Triangle of Collaboration is its holistic approach. Communication between all key personnel (Principal Investigator, Bioinformatician, and Molecular Scientist) occurs at all stages of the experimental process, starting with study planning, design, and data generation through data interpretation, visualization, and manuscript preparation. The Core provides the specialized technical expertise, extensive experience, and equipment as a part of a productive relationship with the researchers. This uncommon and innovative approach allows the GBRC to provide customized technical expertise that most single investigators would not have access to.