Our goal is to advance research efforts in the life sciences that cannot readily be accomplished in the traditional academic laboratory because of a need for expensive instrumentation or automation, scientific or organizational infrastructure, or multidisciplinary expertise.
To promote cutting-edge research and to foster scientific collaborations, we make our extensive laboratory and computational resources available to scientists at Harvard. Our technical staff provide expertise and hands-on training in protocols and the use of instrumentation for a nominal fee. Researchers can sign up to use the instrumentation through an on-line scheduling system and conduct their experiments independently. Our computational biology group provides consultation, training and collaborative expertise in a wide range of computational techniques, as well as access to our 220-processor Linux cluster, with its many installed applications.
In addition, the center provides a forum for discussion of many areas of genomics and systems biology, in the form of seminars and lectures (see News and Events).