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Other Services | Bioinformatics

We understand that one size does not fit all when it comes to bioinformatics support for your project and that your requirements are very often bespoke and not met by an off the shelf solution.  Bioinformatic support can typically be accessed by collaboration, fee for service or you can DIY. On this page we have gathered together links to a number of resources that are available depending on and what capability you have within your group or institution. Alternatively you can contact us and we can put you in touch with the relevant group. 


The NSW Systems Biology Initiative (SBI) is an initiative which aims to develop systems-level views of the molecular biology of the cell. The SBI undertakes basic and applied bioinformatics research in proteomics, genomics and systems biology and is funded to engage in collaborative projects with other groups in these areas. Collaborative projects are in association with users of the major -omics facilities in NSW including the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics, the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility, the UNSW Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry Facility and the Southern Cross University Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics.

For further information please contact:
Professor Marc Wilkins
NSW Systems Biology Initiative
School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
UNSW Sydney

Fee for Service

QFAB provides bioinformatics services for life science researchers to analyse and manage large-scale genomic, proteomic and clinical datasets. We offer a range of professional services, from contract research, analysis, scientific software development, to designing, deploying and refining the high performance IT infrastructures that are required to support life science informatics.

For further information please contact:
QFAB Bioinformatics
Level 6, Queensland Bioscience Precinct
The University of Queensland
306 Carmody Road
St Lucia QLD 4072
P +61 (0)7 3346 2604
F +61 (0)7 3346 2101
E qfab@qfab.org


There are number of resources available to researchers interested in performing their own analysis. Below are links to analysis tools, training and high performance computing.

Analysis Tools

MetaCore and CLC Genomics

The Systems Biology Initiative (SBI) based at UNSW Sydney have licenses for MetaCore and CLC Genomics.  MetaCore™ is an integrated software suite for functional analysis of microarray, metabolic, SAGE, proteomics, siRNA, microRNA, and screening data. CLC Genomics Workbench is a software package for analysing and visualising NGS data. Please contact the SBI for further information on how to access this software.

Affymetrix® Transcriptome Analysis Console

Transcriptome Analysis Console (TAC) Software, developed by Affymetrix, enables the identification of differentially expressed genes and exons and the visualization of alternative splicing events for determining possible transcript isoforms that may exist in your specific samples. TAC Software supports most Affymetrix gene expression arrays. 


The Ramaciotti Centre and the Systems Biology Initiative regularly organise and host data analysis training workshops. Please subscribe to our mailing list be notified of these events.

High Performance Computing

UNSW Resources

The Faculty of Science is at the forefront of all aspects of high performance computing within UNSW. Most recently the Faculty has pioneered a modular computational cluster significant potential for further expansion where research groups “buy in” to the cluster by purchasing one or more inexpensive nodes which give them access to the cluster. A sophisticated job scheduler then ensures that users always receive a fair share of the compute resources that is at least commensurate with their research group’s investment in the cluster. For further information about opportunities to expand and use the cluster please contact martin.thompson@unsw.edu.au.

Regional Resources

The primary regional resource of high performance computing in NSW is through Intersect Australia Ltd. Intersect is a not-for-profit company established to provide eResearch services and solutions to member institutions. Intersect works with its members using their existing technical capabilities to drive the next generation of research and innovation. Please visit their website for further details on the hardware and software available for computationally intensive data analysis.

National Resources

The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) is a federal government initiative hosted at ANU with the aim of fostering world-class research through the provision of high end computing services. Their advanced computing infrastructure includes a petascale HPC system, a large scale compute cloud and multi-petabyte high performance storage.

The computational resources of the NCI are collectively known as “The National Facility” are available for researchers who are successful in applying for time on their clusters. Detailed information including history current setup and future expansion plans can be found in the relevant section of the NCI web site.

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