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Center for Data and Bioinformation Services

Campus Resources

CDABS is a one-stop shop for anyone interested in working with data across disciplines and an important resource for the UMB community, bringing together many bioinformatics, data science, and research data resources in one place. We can help with access and training on these data resources.

HSHSL Resources
  • High Performance Computer (HPC)
    The HPC has state-of-the-art hardware and commercial and open source software for performing analysis of experimental data, such as scientific images, sequence reads, and flow cytometry files.
    The Bioinformatics and Data Science Computer is currently down. To discuss alternative options please request a consult with CDABS or email
  • UMB Data Catalog
    The Catalog is a searchable collection of records describing datasets generated or used by UMB researchers. To increase the visibility of your research data and to support data re-use, meet with a member of the data catalog team to discuss entering information about your dataset.
UMB Resources
  • UMB Secure Research Environment (SRE)
    The UMB Secure Research Environment (SRE) is a centralized virtual environment designed to protect sensitive and restricted research data.  Secure virtual desktop environments and custom compute configurations allow researchers to access sensitive data under a higher level of control and data protection. Data is segregated per research project and only accessible by the research team that is assigned to their research environment.

    The SRE is an isolated environment where users can use the software programs and tools available in the SRE to conduct their research and analyses. The ingress (input) of sensitive data into the SRE is managed by members of the Research Informatics Core (RIC) and/or the UMB IT support group. The egress (output) of any sensitive data or files from the SRE is also controlled by members of the Research Informatics Core (RIC) and/or UMB IT support group. The egress of non-sensitive data, e.g., summary or aggregated data that does not contain PHI or PII, can also be performed.
  • UMB Institute for Clinical & Translational Research (ICTR)
    The UMB ICTR is a campus wide clinical translational research initiative supported by the UMB campus. The UMB ICTR provides financial support as well as infrastructure, environment, training, and workforce to invigorate, facilitate, and accelerate clinical translational research to improve patient and community health.
  • Institute for Genome Sciences
    • Genomics Resource Center (GRC)
      Genomics Resource Center (GRC) is a high-throughput laboratory and data analysis group supporting the scientific programs of IGS and its collaborators, both across the University of Maryland Baltimore campus and across the globe. The GRC team has been an early-adopter and pioneer in genomic technology development for the past 25 years. Genomic technologies and applications now permeate both basic and clinical research. Using multiple sequencing and analysis platforms, the GRC generates high-quality genomic data in a cost-effective manner.
    • Informatics Resource Center (IRC)
      The Informatics Resource Center (IRC) at IGS supports the bioinformatics activities by providing annotation and analysis of genomic data for internal and external projects, using state-of-the-art computational infrastructure. Often the IRC group works in combination with the Genomics Resource Center (GRC) to provide comprehensive analysis for projects.
  • UMSOM Office of Research Career Development (RCD)
    The Office of Research Career Development (RCD) supports the research and professional development of SOM faculty, a diverse and accomplished group of physicians and scientists. Support for SOM faculty is available throughout their career progression, with an emphasis on supporting early stage faculty.
  • BIOmedical RESearch supply COre (BIORESCO)
    BIORESCO provides dry ice for sale, free shipping/packing materials, emergency freezer space, equipment calibration, and laboratory equipment vendor shows.
  • UMSOP Pharmaceutical Research Computing (PRC)
    The Pharmaceutical Research Computing (PRC) center in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy provides world-class support for impactful, inspired health services research - one idea, one data set, and one researcher at a time.
  • Center for Innovative Biomedical Resources (CIBR)
    CIBR is the administrative hub for fee-for-service cores on campus, including the School of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy, and School of Medicine.
  • General Clinical Research Center (GCRC)
    Located in the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), 22 S. Greene St., 10th-floor C and D wings, the GCRC is supported by the UM School of Medicine and UMMC. The GCRC is available to all UMB researchers as a fee-for-service and supports the full spectrum of patient-oriented research, including pilot studies that may lead to peer-reviewed clinical research.
  • UMSON Research Compliance and Education Researcher Toolkit
    To assist researchers with best practices for their human subjects-related research and facilitate their regulatory compliance efforts, the Office of Research and Scholarship developed a Researcher Toolkit.
  • The Center for Information Technology Services' (CITS) Software Licensing Office
    CITS provides enterprise pricing for software used at the desktop level. Examples of software available to researchers at volume discounts are Mathematica and ARCGis. For statistical analysis, SAS, SPSS and STATA are offered. In addition, antivirus software from Symantec, office productivity software from Microsoft, and presentation software from Adobe are available at reduced rates.