Research Computing and Data Services (RCDS) provides computing services, data storage and consultation for the research community at the University of Idaho. Using funds from the NIH COBRE program, we have met this critical need for over a decade. We provide a test-bed for the development and evaluation of new approaches for data analysis and modeling, at a reasonable cost.

RCDS staff help investigators develop and host tools that may include databases, web/mobile interfaces, data dashboards, data visualizations, and interactive maps. RCDS operates the U of I's curated data repository and helps projects manage, share, curate, and disseminate research data.

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The IIDS Genomics and Bioinformatics Resources Core (GBRC) provides researchers from the University of Idaho access to technology, experience, and expertise in genomics research. Applications of these technologies are commonly used in biomedical research, but the interdisciplinary focus of the U of I results in a wide range of fields that can benefit from the core, including microbial studies, agricultural studies, forest management, and animal science. The GBRC is also available to researchers that are external to the U of I. With approximately $1.8 million in specialized genomic equipment, we offer a wide variety of services and capabilities including next-generation sequencing, targeted re-sequencing, and high-throughput sample preparation of both DNA and RNA. The core also offers expertise in the bioinformatics needed to acquire, analyze, and visualize data generated from high throughput technologies used in genomics research.

The GBRC implements an innovative approach to genomics research: the Interdisciplinary Triangle of Collaboration. The key to success of the Interdisciplinary Triangle of Collaboration is its holistic approach. Communication between all key personnel (Principal Investigator, Bioinformatician, and Molecular Scientist) occurs at all stages of the experimental process, starting with study planning, design, and data generation through data interpretation, visualization, and manuscript preparation. The Core provides the specialized technical expertise, extensive experience, and equipment as a part of a productive relationship with the researchers. This uncommon and innovative approach allows the GBRC to provide customized technical expertise that most single investigators would not have access to.

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The Initiative for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) is a tightly knit and highly collaborative community of researchers that shares a common interest in evolutionary and computational biology. We encourage and foster interdisciplinary collaborations that blend the expertise of evolutionary biologists, ecologists, molecular biologists, biochemists, biophysicists, mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists to examine the underpinnings of evolutionary biology. This constitutes an important competitive edge to investigators because we can address research questions that are intractable to scientists from a single discipline. Read about the evolution of IBEST.

Many components of the University of Idaho's Land Grant mission rely on understanding and applying the evolutionary process. Understanding evolution is essential to improving human well-being because evolutionary processes drive critical health challenges such as emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and even the origin and treatment of diseases such as cancer, mental illness, and obesity. Evolutionary mechanisms also drive agricultural challenges such as the emergence of pesticide resistance, the effects of invasive species, and artificial selection for desirable traits in cultured plants and animals. Understanding evolution also helps us protect our natural heritage by informing conservation policy and providing insight into adaptation to changing environments. Less obviously, computers can use evolution to solve complicated problems and to design both software and hardware. Evolutionary computation is at the heart of the revolution in Artificial Intelligence. Evolutionary models have even proven important in understanding the diversity of languages and cultures.

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The Administrative Core of IIDS performs many research support functions for participating faculty. While there are many ways for faculty to participate in IIDS activities, the Administrative Core staff work primarily with faculty who submit grants through the institute. Grant proposals may be submitted through IIDS if they meet either of the following criteria:

1. The research relies on IIDS infrastructure, such as our facilities for genomics, bioinformatics, or research computing
2. The research pertains to evolutionary science, the intellectual focus of IBEST

When a proposal is submitted through IIDS, the Administrative Core can assist the PI in several ways:

The Administrative Core also provides post award support functions including:

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