We are a collection of independent researchers, each with their own research interests and priorities. We are happy to collaborate on projects if they are within the scope of our own research or provide an exciting opportunity to broaden our horizons. We consider this preferable to a “bioinformatics service” model, as it is important to have an intellectual involvement in a project if novel biological insights are to be gained.
We would prefer to be involved from the beginning of the project, to ensure that the proposed methods and experimental design are appropriate. To paraphrase R.A. Fisher, “To consult the bioinformatician after an experiment is finished is often merely to ask him to conduct a post mortem examination. He can perhaps say what the experiment died of.” Please also bear in mind that we have limited resources, particularly in the amount of staff time we are able to devote to projects. If you have a large project, additional resources may be required. We would be happy to be involved in the grant-writing process to advise on experimental design and the required staff and computational resources.
If you have a project which requires bioinformatics support, please contact the most appropriate hub member for e-mail discussions or an informal chat. If you’re not sure who would be best to contact, there is also a Bioinformatics Hub mailing list. We will either get involved in the project, or provide some advice on how to proceed and if necessary put you in touch with alternative collaborators or a commercial bioinformatics service.