Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (Bioanalysis) Core

John Nickerson, PhD Lab

From left: Shanu Markand, PhD, Priyanka Priyadarshani, MS, and John Nickerson, PhD, in the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (Bioanalysis) Core laboratory at Emory Eye Center.

John M. Nickerson, PhD, Vice Director, AVRC and Co-Director, Investigator (EEC, EUSOM)

Nickerson Bioanalysis Core Lab Team, Emory Eye Center
Beau Bruce, MD, PhD, BSI Core Biostatistician, Investigator (CDC, EUSOM)   
Kevin Donaldson, Research Specialist
Salma Ferdous, Research Specialist
Shanu Markand, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Priyanka Priyadarshani, MS, Lead Research Specialist


Eldon Geisert, PhD, Research Lab

Eldon E. Geisert at the confocal microscope, Emory Eye Center.

Eldon E. Geisert, PhD, Co-Director, Investigator (EEC, EUSOM)

Geisert Bioanalysis Core Lab Team, Emory Eye Center
King, Rebecca, Research Specialist
Li, Ying, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Struebing, Felix, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow


The mission of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (Bioanalysis) Core is to provide modern bioinformatics and statistical methods to the Atlanta Vision Research Community (AVRC).  The directive for the Bioanalysis Core is to provide NEI R01-funded principal investigators (PIs) in the AVRC, the resources (expertise, tools, training, and services) that are not usually obtained through individual NEI R01 grants.

In addition, the core facilitates interactions among highly productive and collaborative members of the vision core grant. Our module facilitates data storage, curation, retrieval, and management, and maintaining a secure and backed up, server-based data archive to handle large sets of biological data. We have assembled a group of informaticists and computer programmers/administrators to develop/implement new tools and services. These personnel perform data analyses, and instruct others on the use of these tools.

The Bioanalysis Core forms the heart of the core activities beginning with data server-based data storage and eventually analysis.  We coordinate our efforts with other modules to lead in the analysis of data generated by each new piece of equipment added to the Vision Core’s research endeavor.

Specific aims include:

1. Provide better resources and more convenient access to state of the art analysis tools than an NEI-R01 PI could provide or support alone.

2. Consult with PIs to determine scope of a project, timeframe, services needed.

3. Conduct work that would otherwise require hiring of bioinformatics and biostatistics experts that is impractical for an R01 budget. 

4. Provide training to PIs and personnel as appropriate for more routine tasks.

5. Pre-test and troubleshoot data and software from bleeding-edge technologies to avoid repeated mistakes by multiple individual PIs.