The objective of this service is to assist Digestive Health Center (DHC) investigators in the generation and use of genetic, genomic, and proteomic data for their ongoing and planned research initiatives. Faculty and staff from the Bioinformatics service will participate at many levels in planning, exploring, and converting DHC investigators' data into meaningful information and hypotheses by the use of appropriate genetic and statistical analyses and computational tools.


  • Design of Gene Sequence and Expression Experiments
  • Quality Control, Normalization, and Statistical Analysis of Gene Expression Data (i.e. Microarray and RNA Seq)
  • Dissection of Regulatory Mechanisms by Computational Promoter Analysis
  • Quality Control, Normalization, and Statistical Analysis of Data Generated by Non-Expression DNA Microarray Technologies (i.e. SNP and Promoter Arrays)
  • Generate Clusters/Groupings of Environmental-Genetic/Chemical Toxin Responses that Exhibit Similar Gene Expression Changes
  • Create Gene and Protein Inventories for GI Development, Function and Disease
  • Investigator Training

To obtain support contact Rebekah (Bekah) Karns, PhD (

DHC Subsidy

Consultation with Bioinformatics Staff on digestive disease projects is supported by the DHC. Extensive support requires further discussion with Bioinformatics Director.

The DHC will subsidize the cost of a single Genespring and/or Avadis NGS license by providing $200 towards the total charge.  To obtain the software send a request to: In your request include you are a DHC member.