What Can HSLS MBIS Do for You?

The HSLS Molecular Biology Information Service (MBIS) has a mission: Providing bioinformatics resources via software procurement, implementation, and training to assist biomedical scientists with solving their research questions. Also referred to as “HSLS MolBio,” our service has supported Pitt researchers since 2002. How do we do this?

HSLS MolBio follows a four-facet approach with the following goals:

  1. Identify, procure, and implement commercially licensed bioinformatics software.
  2. Teach hands-on workshops on bioinformatics topics such as bulk/single cell RNA-Seq data analysis, pathway enrichment analysis, and gene expression visualization, using software with a point-and-click graphical user interface that does not require programming experience.
  3. Provide in-person and email consultations on software/databases.
  4. Maintain a web portal providing overall guidance on the access and use of bioinformatics resources and MBIS-created web tools.

The web tools we developed include:

  • bioPreprint, a search engine for preprints providing cutting-edge, yet-to-be published or peer-reviewed biomedical research articles retrieved from Europe PMC with results refined via topic clustering
  • InfoBoosters, a one-click browser widget that integrates digital text with databases to retrieve relevant information on demand
  • Online Bioinformatics Resource Collection (OBRC), containing annotations and links for more than 2,400 bioinformatics databases and software tools, and a filtered PubMed search for additional resources

Ansuman Chattopadhyay, PhD, in Biochemistry, leads the three-member HSLS MolBio team. Sri Chaparala, Master’s in Applied Biotechnology, provides consultations and trainings on next-gen sequencing analysis and other bioinformatics resources. Carrie Iwema, PhD, in Neuroscience and Master’s in Library Science, coordinates basic science services including MBIS outreach, the How-to Talks by Postdocs series, electronic research notebook and preprint support, and collaborations with HSLS Data Services such as the Pitt Data Catalog.

To keep current with HSLS MolBio offerings, sign up for email alerts and read our blog, What’s New @ HSLS MolBio. We look forward to working with you!

You can read more about HSLS MolBio services in our publications:

~Carrie Iwema