Bioinformatics Unit at Children's National

The CTSI-CN CRI Bioinformatics Unit (CBU) provides bioinformatics consultation and analytical services in an initiative sponsored by The Center for Genetic Medicine Research, the Center for Translational Science, the Clinical and Translational Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN), the District of Columbia Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (DC-IDDRC) and the Chief Research Officer’s office. 

The CBU works closely with researchers to design and structure their studies with the applicable bioinformatics support from the very beginning of a project.


study consultation and experimental design

We assist in the following types of Study Consultation and Experimental Design:

  • mRNA/miRNA Sequencing
  • Exome Sequencing
  • Whole Genome Sequencing
  • Microarray
  • Metagenomics/Microbiome Sequencing
  • ChIP Sequencing
  • Single Cell Sequencing
  • Other/Custom


The CBU performs genomic data analysis with standard as well as custom pipelines according to specific requirements of a project. CBU also actively participates in training the next generation of biomedical researchers with the goal of enabling quality research and education. Below are the bioinformatics Data Analysis services provided by CBU:

  • De Novo Assembly
  • Single Nucleotide Variation Detection
  • Copy Number Variation
  • Structural Variant Detection
  • Fusion Analysis
  • Differential Gene Expression
  • Pathway Analysis
  • Other/Custom Analysis

the cbu team

The leadership of the CBU is composed of:

The bioinformatics staff includes Dr. Hayk Barseghyan, Dr. Surajit Bhattacharya and Payal Banerjee