Bioinformatics Core Facility


The Bioinformatics Core Facility consists of both Bioinformatics Scientist-staff and Bioinformatics Programmer-staff. Its mission is to collaboratively assist NINDS research staff with Bioinformatics-related projects as needed.


Bioinformatics Scientists:
Yong Zhang, Ph.D
Rose Peterson, Ph.D
Bioinformatic Application Developers:
Amar Yavatkar (Lead)
Dong Park
Srujan Ganta


Pictured:  Amar Yavatkar, Bioinformatics Programmer and Kory Johnson, Ph.D., Bioinformatics Scientist (left to right)
Amar Yavatkar, Lead Application Developer and Kory R. Johnson, Ph.D., Bioinformatics Core Director (left to right).

Contact Information

If anyone in the NINDS community needs Bioinformatics-related assistance, please contact our team,  we look forwarding to supporting NINDS researchers:

Scope of the Facility

Examples of Bioinformatics-related projects where the Core’s scientific staff can provide assistance:

  • Experiment design
  • Microarray Analysis (one-color, two-color)
  • Next Generation Sequence Analysis (e.g., bulk RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq, DNA-Seq, scRNA-Seq, TCR-Seq)
  • Protein Analysis (structure prediction, mass spectrometry-based analysis)
  • RNA Analysis (structure prediction, function classification, target prediction)
  • Sequence Analysis (e.g., pair-wise, multiple-alignment, phylogenetics, gene prediction, comparative genomics)
  • Ad-hoc Statistical Analysis (Descriptive, Correlation-based, Comparison Testing, Classification Modeling)

Examples of Bioinformatics-related projects where the Core's programming staff can provide assistance:

  • Application design, development, & maintenance
  • Database design, development, & maintenance
  • Dashboard design, development, & maintenance
  • Systems design, development, & maintenance

In addition to providing both Bioinformatics Scientist and Bioinformatics Programmer assistance to NINDS research staff, the Core staff also serves as mentors in the NIH Summer Internship Program each year.