Core Services

  • Next Generation Sequence Data Analysis (DNA-seq, RNA-seq, Chip-seq and etc.)
  • Microarray Data Analysis
  • Data Analysis Application (Web-based/Desktop-based) Development
  • Database Development (with Web Services)
  • Large Scale Biomedical Data Management
  • Bioinformatics Consulting and Training
  • Grant Support

Service Costs

Free Service

Grant support with a reasonable amount of effort and the initial project meeting within an hour will be offered at no cost. Analysis of preliminary data may be billed upon agreement.

Service Rates

Grant Based Option: For long term bioinformatics services, the core will dedicate certain amount of manpower and resources requested by the PI for a period of time. The total cost will solely depend on the amount of manpower and resources requested.

Project Based Option: With a clear statement of the standards for the accomplishment of a project, the core will provide an estimate of total cost to the PI. Upon agreement on this estimate, there will be no extra charge to the PI until the project is completed. If the standards cannot be met because of uncontrollable factors (e.g. unsolvable technical difficulties, poor quality raw data) rather lack of necessary work, the service will be charged based on actual hours spent on the project (no more than the original estimate).

Hourly Based Option: The hourly fee is $77 for Penn and CHOP users. For smaller projects, the core will provide hourly based service with an estimated cost of the work. The PI will need to approve the cost estimate and provide an account number for the payment prior to the beginning of any work performed by the core. We will make every effort to stick to the initial estimate. However, in cases where the analysis needs extra effort (e.g. additional client requests, complex data management, novel application development), we will communicate with the PI as early as possible about how much extra cost will be needed to accomplish the requested service.

Data Computation Time and Storage Cost

Most large-scale data analysis needs to be performed on HPC servers of the Penn Medicine Academic Computing Services (PMACS). The clients will be responsible for extra charges from PMACS for the computation time and storage of their own data.