Center for Bioinformatics & Functional Genomics
at Miami University
The Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics (CBFG) is a campus-wide research facility supporting a broad range of biotechnology applications.
Who We Serve
The center, located in Pearson Hall, is available to any faculty, staff, and students at Miami University and is most heavily utilized by students in the Departments of Botany, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology, Microbiology and Zoology.
Although many faculty at Miami University utilize these tools provided by the CBFG, it is students that most often perform the daily work involved in this research. This includes both graduate and undergraduate students with a wide range of majors. Some projects even involve local high school students.
What We Do
The resources of the center focus mainly on DNA sequence information, which is central to all areas of biology and biochemistry. It is the sequence of nucleotide bases encoded in DNA that defines every living organism. The CBFG provides tools for preparing DNA samples for research and for determining the sequence of these DNA samples.
Training in the CBFG supports a number of important programs at Miami University. These include the interdisciplinary Cell, Molecular, and Structural Biology (CMSB) program and the Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (URM) program funded by the National Science Foundation.
The center provides students with training and resources to learn the most modern techniques in biotechnology. Training and hands-on experience is provided to any students whether they are experienced researchers or in their very first research experience. This level of hands-on experience and personal training is not often available at many larger undergraduate institutions.