Bioinformatics at AU

Learn more about the crossroads of biology and informatics.

 AU Bioinformatics Resources



    The Easley HPC cluster was launched in 2020 for HPC and parallel computing. It is designed to accelerate research in a wide variety of fields by providing high-end computing resources. These resources include centrally managed cluster resources, storage, software, and technical user support.

    This supercomputer was named “Easley” in honor of Annie J. Easley, an extraordinary woman whose contributions to computer science, mathematics, and rocket science helped lay the technological foundations for space shuttle launches and launches of communication, military and weather satellites.


  • HPC Resources beyond Auburn, Alabama Supercomputer (ASC)


    Located in Huntsville, AL, the ASC provide HPC services free of charge to faculty, staff, and enrolled students of public schools, colleges, and universities in Alabama. This allows universities to create a trained workforce with the skills needed for jobs in engineering, science, mathematics, aerospace, and medical research fields. 


    This resource is part of the larger Alabama Supercomputer Authority (ASA). In addition to High Performance Computing, and with the growth of the internet, ASA developed the Alabama Research and Education Network (AREN), which offers education and research clients in Alabama internet access and other related network services. 


  • Research Support from AU Libraries


    Auburn University Libraries offers the needed research tools and expertise in all facets of bioinformatics research projects, from the beginning of the research process to the end. Such assistance includes one-on-one consultations with subject librarians on a variety of powerful tools and expertise that can help you get the most from your research time. Additionally, the I&RC provides access to high-end tools, technologies, and in-person expertise to support innovative research and teaching at Auburn. This unique resource includes research, multimedia, and design components and additional innovative learning spaces to support AU’s teaching and research endeavors. 


  • Dataspace Data Services: 1v1 data consulting services in the library

    Auburn University Library’s DataSpace offers one-on-one data consultations with graduate students proficient in software tools such as R, Python, etc.  These data consultations are available on a rotating weekly schedule, first-come first-serve, to any member of the Auburn community.  Although the grad students do not specialize in bioinformatics, they are equipped to help students and faculty navigate the coding side of bioinformatics in all of the most commonly used programs.  This service can help anyone from students just getting their bearings in R to researchers looking to optimize code. Contacts:; Ali Krzton (Research Data Management Librarian); Liza Weisbrod (Government Information Librarian) 


  • HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

  • Since 2008, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has facilitated genomics research by offering sequencing services through the Genome Sequencing Center, as well as bioinformatics support. Additionally, Auburn researchers have benefited from research collaborations and competitive summer internships offered by HudsonAlpha. Several members of our faculty have joint appointments with HudsonAlpha, making it an important part of the bioinformatics research community here at Auburn.


  • UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

  • AU faculty can access the clinical informatics system at UAB (i2b2) through an MOU AU has in place with UAB.  Also, AU has a data use agreement (DUA) with the NIH for faculty to access the National COVID-19 Cohort Collaborative (N3C) database. There are more bioinformatics and clinical informatics resources listed on the website as well. If anyone needs assistance in accessing any of these resources, please contact: Tom Denney.