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What is this resource?

The CTSI-CN CRI Bioinformatics Unit (CBU) provides bioinformatics consultation and analytical services in an initiative sponsored by The Center for Genetic Medicine Research, the Center for Translational Science, the Clinical and Translational Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN), the District of Columbia Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (DC-IDDRC) and the Chief Research Officer’s office.

The leadership of the CBU is composed of:

The bioinformatics staff includes Dr. Hayk Barseghyan, Dr. Surajit Bhattacharya and Payal Banerjee. Please see the Faculty & Staff Directory for a list of CBU members.

The CBU works closely with researchers to design and structure their studies with the applicable bioinformatics support from the very beginning of a project.

We assist in the following types of Study Consultation and Experimental Design:


  • mRNA/miRNA Sequencing
  • Exome Sequencing
  • Whole Genome Sequencing
  • Microarray
  • Metagenomics/Microbiome Sequencing
  • ChIP Sequencing
  • Single Cell Sequencing
  • Other/Custom

The CBU performs genomic data analysis with standard as well as custom pipelines according to specific requirements of a project. CBU also actively participates in training the next generation of biomedical researchers with the goal of enabling quality research and education. Below are the bioinformatics Data Analysis services provided by CBU:

  • De Novo Assembly
  • Single Nucleotide Variation Detection
  • Copy Number Variation
  • Structural Variant Detection
  • Fusion Analysis
  • Differential Gene Expression
  • Pathway Analysis
  • Other/Custom Analysis

Who can use this resource?

All Children’s National Health System research faculty and staff can utilize the CRI Bioinformatics Unit.

How much does access to this resource cost?

Usage of the resources offered by the CRI Bioinformatics Unit is offered at reasonable cost. To learn more please contact:

How do I access this resource?

Please fill out the following the form to request Bioinformatics Consultation and Data Analysis services with the CRI Bioinformatics Unit: CRI Bioinformatics Unit Service Request Form.

Who should I contact for more information?

Please contact the CTSI-CN CRI Bioinformatics Unit administrator at if you should have any questions or need assistance with your request.

For more information, please also visit the CTSI-CN Faculty and Staff Directory and select the "Bioinformatics" service area to find the person(s) responsible for this resource.

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