Bioinformatics Core Research Group

The Bioinformatics Core Research Group (BCRG) brings together a range of expertise and resources with the aim to support and facilitate bioinformatics at Deakin University.

BCRG currently sits across two faculties in the University, working in collaboration with numerous research groups.

About the group

The BCRG operates based on the fundamental principles of open, rigorous, collaborative and scholarly science. Users are encouraged to discuss their requirements in advance, which allows us to assist in the design of experiments so as to provide the most effective data analysis at the end of the project. We also offer data management support in the form of optimising and automating routine tasks.

Our mission

We strive to enable researchers so that in the future they will be able to view and process their data themselves, through appropriate training, bioinformatic support and infrastructure.

Specifically we aim to:

  • facilitate collaborative interdisciplinary research
  • establish and nurture strategic collaborations or partnerships with research groups across faculties at Deakin University as well as external collaborations
  • promote graduate and undergraduate education in bioinformatics and computational biology at Deakin University.

In addition, we highly encourage interdisciplinary collaborations with evolutionary biologists, ecologists, molecular biologists, biochemists, biophysicists, mathematicians, statisticians and computer scientists to examine the underpinnings of complex biological systems.

Our areas of expertise

  • Experimental design
  • Next generation sequencing design and analysis
  • Whole genome alignment
  • Gene expression studies (RNAseq, ncRNA, epigenetics, protein)
  • Machine learning applications
  • Python and R programming
  • Bioinformatics training


The BCRG contains a high performance compute cluster with > 740 CPU's and > 5 Tb RAM, while also maintaining access to Melbourne Bioinformatics (formerly VLSCI) computational infrastructure.

Contact us

For general enquiries, please email the research group.

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