Campus Resources

ISU/BCB Computer Services/Resources

Iowa State University has outstanding computational and biological research facilities that support collaborative research groups in the life sciences, bioinformatics and computational biology, computer and information sciences, engineering, and complex adaptive systems.

Campus resources for bioinformatics, computational biology and biological statistics are available to BCB students including:

  • Information Technology (IT) at Iowa State Univeristy -- manages a campus-wide network, which augments the various departmental computing facilities. Major computational research facilities include the Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics, the Virtual Reality Applications Center, the Scaleable Computing Laboratory, and the Artificial Intelligence, Database, and Distributed Computing Research Laboratories in the Department of Computer Science.

General information about the computing facilities at Iowa State University can be found at or call the Solution Center located in 195 Durham, at 294-4000.

Laptop checkout, video equipment, digital cameras, film cameras, PA systems, audio players and recorders are available for checkout from GSB and IT Services:

  • Equipment may be checked out Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (3:50 p.m. during the summer). Equipment may be returned through 5:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. during the summer). Closed weekends.
  • Equipment may be reserved in advance, and must be done in person at the IT Services counter in the main lobby of the Communications Building. Contact Classroom Services for additional information on the reservation policy.

  • ISU Library - Heather Lewin is our Parks Librarian for BCB and has a page devoted to bioinformatics resources. Find that at:
  • The BCBGSO including the BCBLab is a student-led initiative in the BCB Program which provides a forum for the exchange of experience, knowledge, and resources to enhance research activities. Their website is under construction.
  • The BCB Library - BCB has purchased a number of books and started a modest library operation to benefit BCB students. The library is currently housed in 2014 Molecular Biology Building. A listing of BCB library books is here.


Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics

The mission of the Laurence H. Baker Center is to facilitate the bioinformatics work of students and faculty by providing computer support, fostering communications among the students and faculty at ISU and with external laboratories and granting agencies, and providing leadership in bioinformatics activities. Faculty in the Center are engaged in research that either: 1) produces large amounts of biological data or 2) develops computational, graphical, or algorithmic methods to interpret and glean information from large biological data sets. Such data sets stem from molecular, cellular, anatomical, physiological, population, and ecological studies. Additional information is available at:


Other resources include:

Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) represents the graduate and professional students' perspective on campus issues and serves as a liaison between graduate/professional students and the university administration. Each department/program is permitted to elect or choose 1 Senator for every 50 students in the department up to 5 Senators. Typically, senators are elected by the department's students or are selected by the Graduate Student Organization, if one exists.

For more information, visit their website or office which is located in the West Student Office Space C, Memorial Union.


Student-Sponsored Seminars

BCB students are encouraged to recommend invited speakers for Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biological Statistics seminars on campus. Funding is available for at least one student-sponsored seminar by a top-caliber visiting scientist each year (i.e., students invite and make arrangements for hosting the speaker). The 1414 Molecular Biology Building Classroom which has a capacity of 199 is available to BCB for Seminars on Wednesdays at 4:10.