Bioinformatics Resource Centers for Infectious Diseases Program

The Bioinformatics Resource Centers (BRCs) for Infectious Diseases program was initiated in 2004 with the main objective of providing public access to computational platforms and analysis tools that enable  collecting, archiving, updating, and integrating a variety of genomics and related research data relevant to infectious diseases, and pathogens and their interaction with hosts.

Main Areas of Focus

  • To provide integrated knowledgebases, computational infrastructure, and technical expertise to make bioinformatics data (genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics, metagenomics, surveillance, etc.) and services available. The goal is to accelerate basic and applied infectious diseases bioinformatics research that accessible to the broader infectious diseases research community through web and command-line interfaces.
  • To advance bioinformatics technologies by developing new software tools and incorporating production-level implementation of community-driven emerging tools, software, or technologies and to accelerate the development of countermeasures against infectious diseases. To offer bioinformatics services to support the research community
  • To provide informatics support in response to new and emerging pandemic threats


Awardee*Principal InvestigatorWebsiteBiological Domains**
University of Pennsylvania

David S. Roos, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Jessica C. Kissinger, Ph.D., University of Georgia

Mary Ann McDowell, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Eukaryotic Pathogen, Vector & Host Informatics Resource (VEuPathDB)Eukaryotic Pathogens Invertebrate Vectors and Hosts of Human Infectious Diseases
University of Chicago

Dr. Rick Stevens,
University of Chicago

Dr. Richard Scheuermann, J. Craig Venter Institute

Bacterial and Viral Bioinformatics Resource Center (BV-BRC)Bacteria, Archaea, Viruses and Hosts of Human Infectious Diseases

**For the detailed description of all biological domains covered follow the links to the corresponding BRC website.

Targeted Pathogens

Each BRC specializes in a different group of pathogens. Pathogens examined by the BRCs include, but are not limited to, those in the NIAID list of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. The BRCs specialize in the following groups of pathogens:

  • Pathogenic bacterial species and closely related species
  • Human viral families including influenza virus
  • Eukaryotic human pathogen species including fungi, parasites, and metazoan pathogens

Featured Research

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  • NOT-AI-23-033: Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Bioinformatics Resource Centers (BRCs) for Infectious Diseases (U24 Clinical Trials Not Allowed).

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