Facility cores

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Facility Core

bbfcThe Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Facility Core (BBFC) provides support for the data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation needs of laboratory, clinical, and population-based investigations in environmental health.

The specific aims of the BBFC include:

  • To provide rigorous and state-of-the-art biostatistics and bioinformatics support to CEHS researchers in study design, data analysis, and result dissemination.
  • To further the educational mission of CEHS by providing targeted statistics and bioinformatics education for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculties, and by providing in-depth mentoring of junior investigators.
  • To further the educational mission of CEHS by providing targeted statistics and bioinformatics education for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculties, and by providing in-depth mentoring of junior investigators.

BBFC personnel hold weekly walk-in clinic hours for general consultation to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or faculty members on biostatistical or bioinformatics aspects of environmental health science studies. Currently the walk-in clinic is open 11am-1pm on every Friday. For questions about the walk-in clinic or to schedule an appointment, contact Christine Kantner.


Personnel
Core director:
Wei Sun, PhD; Department of Biostatistics
Email: weisun@email.unc.edu Phone: 966-7266

Permanent faculty:
Amy H. Herring, ScD; Department of Biostatistics
Email: aherring@bios.unc.edu Phone: 843-6368

Joel Parker, PhD; Department of Genetics
Email: parkerjs@email.unc.edu Phone: 966-9614

Rotating faculty:
Eric Bair, PhD; Department of Biostatistics and School of Dentistry
Email: ebair@email.unc.edu Phone: 537-3276

Joseph Ibrahim, PhD; Department of Biostatistics
Email: jibrahim@email.unc.edu Phone: 843-2715

Michael Kosorok, PhD; Department of Biostatistics
Email: kosorok@unc.edu Phone: 966-8107

Danyu Lin, PhD; Department of Biostatistics
Email: lin@bios.unc.edu Phone: 843-5134

Donglin Zeng, PhD; Department of Biostatistics
Email: dzeng@bios.unc.edu Phone: 966-7273

Haibo Zhou, PhD; Department of Biostatistics
Email: Haibo_Zhou@unc.edu Phone: 966-3885

Fei Zou, PhD; Department of Biostatistics
Email: fzou@bios.unc.edu Phone: 843-4822

Staff:
Christine Kantner; Department of Biostatistics
Email: ckantner@email.unc.edu Phone: 966-7250

Integrative Health Science Facility Core

The Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core (IHSFC) supports clinical and IMG_0188population-based investigations on the genetic and environmental determinants of human health and disease. We provide scientific consultation for human studies, access to state of the art equipment and expertise, and we promote cross-disciplinary collaborations, integrating human studies research with other research activities of the Center and UNC-CH.

The specific aims of the IHSFC include:

  • To provide scientific consultation for and tracking of clinical, translational and population-based studies.
  • To establish and maintain a sub-core laboratory facility that assists with collection, processing, analysis, and storage of biospecimens.
  • To establish and maintain a sub-core laboratory that conducts high-throughput genotyping and epigenetic analysis, provides consultation on genotyping platforms, and establishes quality control procedures for genetic data.
  • To provide CEHS investigators with guidance in accessing additional UNC and CEHS resources for conducting collaborative research.

Personnel
Core director:
Jeannette Bensen, PhD; Department of Epidemiology
Email: jbensen@med.unc.edu Phone: 843-1017

Biospecimen Processing Facility Sub-core director:
Patricia Basta, PhD; Department of Epidemiology
Email: patricia_basta@unc.edu Phone: 843-3860

Mammalian Genotype Facility Sub-core director:
Jason Luo, MS; Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Email: mgc@unc.edu Phone: 966-4772

Research specialists:
Michael Andre
Amanda Beaty
Allan Rene de Cotret

Molecular Analysis Facility Core

bms sub coreThe Molecular Analysis Facility Core (MAFC) supports Center members by ensuring access to analytical resources within the following MAFC sub-core facilities:

Support includes consultation and experimental design, routine sample analysis and training, development of novel analytical methods needed to advance research, and in-depth data analysis, integration, and interpretation.

The MAFC achieves this goal of supporting Center members through the following aims:

  • Maintain efficient operations in the MAFC sub-core facilities.
  • Pursue opportunities to upgrade instrumentation and services and to encourage collaboration and staff development to maintain the facilities at the cutting edge in their respective fields.
  • Strengthen the partnership between BBFC and MAFC to enhance the value of data generated in the MAFC and to assist investigators with data integration from multi-platform studies.
  • Increase visibility and promote capabilities of the MAFC sub-cores to attract new researchers studying the mechanisms and relationships of environmental exposures and the development of human disease.

Core director:
Wanda Bodnar, PhD; Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Email: wanda_bodnar@unc.edu Phone: 843- 0182