What we do

In the Interfaculty Bioinformatics Unit of the University of Bern (IBU), we provide services and expertise to assist researchers of the three “Life-Science” Faculties and Insel hospital in data analysis and project planning for large-scale experiments with focus on next-generation sequencing application. We have our own research programme and collaborate on large and complex projects. Furthermore, we develop methods to analyse high-throughput data and provide bioinformatics training. We have a high-performance computing cluster and a data storage system that we use for our own research, collaborations and service projects.

Find out more about the Group’s activities

Core facility activities

Here are some of the key services we provide (also see here):

  • Bioinformatics / biostatistical analyses;
  • Next-generation data analyses;
  • Project planning and consulting;
  • Bioinformatics training;
  • Science IT infrastructure.

Main publications 2020

  • Francisco D M F et al.
    Advancing brain barriers RNA sequencing: guidelines from experimental design to publication
    Fluids Barriers CNS, 10.1186/s12987-020-00207-2
  • McGee M D et al.
    The ecological and genomic basis of explosive adaptive radiation
    Nature, 10.1038/s41586-020-2652-7
  • Duruz J et al.
    Acoel single-cell transcriptomics: cell type analysis of a deep branching bilaterian
    Molecular Biology and Evolution, 10.1093/molbev/msaa333


University bern

Rémy Bruggmann
Interfaculty Bioinformatics Unit (IBU)
University of Bern
Group Webpage

Domain(s) of activity:

  • Core facility and competence centre
  • Systems biology
  • Biostatistics
  • Data management
  • Metagenomics
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Personalised medicine
  • Single-cell biology
  • Training
  • Workflows

Domain(s) of application:

  • Basic research
  • Medicine and health