The Center for Biomedical Research Support hosts a variety of community events to support researchers using computational approaches to study biological problems. Read the summaries below and click on their respective links for more information.

Byte Club

This club is intended to bring the UT Bioinformatics community together to share tricks and tips, and to help resolve bioinformatics issues we may all face. The monthly meetings include a short talk followed by general discussion about new tools, pipelines, publications etc. Some of the meetings also include brief how-to tutorials.

ByteClub meets the third Wednesday of each month during the school year, in FNT 1.104, from 12-1 p.m.

We are looking for volunteers to speak at upcoming club meetings. So, email Dhivya Arasappan if you’re interested.


The BioITeam (short for bioinformatics team) serves as a consortium of bio-computing scientists at the University of Texas at Austin.

The consortium is comprised of scientists from the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology, Genomic Sequencing and Analysis Facility, the Texas Advanced Computing Center, and Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.

The BioITeam maintains a wiki here with many useful tools.


The Collaboratorium (located in FNT 1.202) is a collaborative workspace for anyone learning, doing, or discussing bioinformatics. Here, you can do any of these activities, in the vicinity of the bioinformatics consultants, and other people working on similar projects as your own. For more information, or to reserve the space for a special event, contact Collaboratorium Coordinator Benni Goetz.

Some potential uses of the Collaboratorium:

  • You are working on a bioinformatic analysis with a few members of your lab, or across labs, and you want a space where you can all meet and work together.
  • You’ve discovered a few people on campus who are trying to learn the same kind of analysis you are, and you want to get together to help each other out.
  • After an appointment with a bioinformatics consultant, you want to spend a couple of hours trying out what you had just discussed, before you head back to the lab.
  • You simply need a quiet space to get away from your lab and lab mates, to concentrate and work.