MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine
MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine

Bioinformatics analysis core

Bioinformatics support, advice and training.

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The Bioinformatics Analysis Core (BAC) provides advice, training, the provision of computational tools and collaborative expertise to all IGMM researchers.

The facility has a track record in the analysis of novel, high throughput biological datasets, particularly sequencing data, and have co-authored many IGMM publications and grant proposals.

The BAC has three broad aims, which together constitute its mission statement:

  • Support: consultation on and provision of collaborative bioinformatics skills to research programmes across the IGMM.
  • Expertise: development and implementation of effective analysis strategies for common tasks, establishing best practice in IGMM data analysis.
  • Training: provision of training resources, instruction and advice to assist IGMM users in their own data analysis.

Consultations are available to individual researchers and groups to address questions about your data, possible analyses and associated issues. Please contact us by email in the first instance, describing your project (PI name, datasets involved, analyses envisaged, hypotheses to be addressed, intended timelines etc) as accurately as possible.

Bioinformatics Group


Colin Semple Head of Bioinformatics
Alison Meynert IGMM Bioinformatics Analysis Core Manager
Elvina Gountouna IGMM Research Data Manager
Philippe Gautier Bioinformatician
Graeme Grimes Training Coordinator
Mihail Halachev Translational Bioinformatician
Murray Wham Genomic Data Applications Architect

Training and support

For the internal bioinformatics helpdesk, please visit the #bioinformatics-help channel on the IGMM Slack server (

All IGMM students and researchers can choose to participate in the IGMM Computational Analysis Mentorship (iCAM) informal programme. Join the team of that name on Microsoft Teams and post a little about yourself and your skills in the “Mentor introductions” channel if you would like to be a mentor. Mentees are encouraged to post about their skills, current project, and what they are looking for assistance with in the “Help requests” channel, where mentors will respond.

IGMM Genomic Data Analysis Centre

The BAC runs the IGMM Genomic Data Analysis Centre, which provides standard sequence analysis methods at commercial rates.


For more information on the services provided within the facility, please contact:

IGMM staff can also acccess more information on the IGMM intranet.