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Overview of our Core

The VGN Bioinformatics Core supports network investigators whose research requires biological information data analysis. Specifically, we assist users of the Proteomics Facility and VGN network investigators in experimental design, expression analysis, functional analysis, data storage and publishing, and manuscript and grant proposal preparation. 

VGN Bioinformatics Core members also participate in regional and national projects to promote the sharing of research resources, including the VGN Searchable Core Facilities Database, a free global interface for sharing scientific resources.

Getting Started

  • Just starting? FIll out a bioinformatics service request in iLab and we'll contact you to schedule a consultation.
  • Login to your iLab account with your approved iLab credentials in the top right corner.
  • If you don't have an iLab account sign up for one here!

Links and Resources

VGN Bioinformatics on iLab

Core Facilities Database

Operational Policies

VGN Grant Acknowledgement Agreement

Operational policies document

Service Types

Gene Expression Analysis

  • Microarray differential expression analysis - primary analysis includes microarray data normalization, exploratory data analysis (e.g. PCA), and gene-level and/or isoform-level differential expression analysis (i.e. spreadsheets, plots, heatmaps, etc.).
  • Next generation sequence data analysis in partnership with the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Delaware

Functional Analysis

  • Functional-group analysis of variance of microarray data - KEGG Pathway-ANOVA and GO-ANOVA analyses in Partek Genomics Suite.
  • Enrichment analysis - enrichment analysis of genes, motifs, structural domains and post-translational modifications. Software used includes DAVID, Partek Genomics Suite, Motif-x, Scansite, PhosphositePlus.

Grant Proposal and Publication Support

  • Data publishing - data deposition into public repositories.
  • Grant proposal and manuscript support - bioinformatics methods text, figure, and table preparation.


Dr. Fan Zhang

Core Director

(802) 656-9798

Heather Driscoll

Bioinformatics Analyst

(802) 485-2602

Contact Information:

Vermont Genetics Network
University of Vermont
120A Marsh Life Science Building
Burlington, VT 05405-0086
(802) 656-9119
(802) 656-2914 - FAX

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