Our Story

There is a significant opportunity for the region to organize the bioinformatics expertise and infrastructure in support of human and animal health research.

There is an abundance of competitive bioinformatics assets within the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute Stakeholder organizations and surrounding region to address a wide range of research questions across multiple disciplines.

While regional assets are comparable qualitatively to those of the benchmark institutes, such as the Broad Institute and University of Washington, the assets are located in institutions scattered across a 250 mile geography between Manhattan, KS and Columbia, MO.

This website represents an information clearinghouse regarding bioinformatics capabilities and expertise to leverage assets supporting collaborative research. KCALSI directed a study regarding bioinformatics resources found in the Kansas City region that was funded by the Ewing Kauffman Foundation.

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Our Assets

Computational capacity and people capable of manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing large data sets are critical needs for bioinformatics research.

Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute

The KCALSI stakeholders possess a diverse array of computational capabilities paired with groups of data scientists conducting scientific research across multiple fields. These considerable assets, however, are institution specific, difficult to identify, and represent unrealized opportunities for academic and private sector partnerships. To bring light to the resources available, we have cataloged bioinformatics hardware assets and available expertise to facilitate regional collaborations. For those interested in careers in bioinformatics, educational programs are listed.


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Children's MercyKSUKU Medical CenterKUSaint Lukes HospitalU of MUMKC



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April 13-14, 2017

The Second Annual Bioinformatics Conference serves to bring together bioinformatics-minded researchers from academia and industry to discover capabilities, share tactical approaches to problem solving, explore synergies, and launch potential collaborations.

2017 Second Annual Midwest Bioinformatics Conference

Phil Payne
Philip R.O. Payne, PhD, FACMI
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Articles and stories highlighting regional bioinformatics experts, research, and companies.

Soybean Science Blooms with Supercomputers

Phys.org | August 16, 2016

Bioinformatics Tackles the Flu

IEEE Spectrum | December 15, 2016