The Center for Quantitative Life Sciences facilitates genome-enabled and data-driven research in the life and environmental sciences at OSU and across the state. The Center offers leadership, training and services to faculty, staff and students through expert staff, core laboratories, computational facilities, seminars and technology workshops, and conferences. It also provides a focal point for researchers to establish contacts, initiate collaborations, and apply new technologies in their own laboratories.

Research in the CQLS and faculty affiliate laboratories seeks to improve health, better utilize natural and agricultural resources, understand our global environment, and develop new bio-based products and energy sources. Over 120 OSU faculty, holding primary appointments in academic departments of the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences; Engineering; Forestry; Pharmacy; Science; Veterinary Medicine; Public Health and Human Sciences; or Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, are affiliate members of the Center.

Functions of the CQLS

The CQLS functions and facilities include:

  1. Staffed Core Laboratory facilities that provide a variety of services in genomics, functional genomics, imaging and genotyping;
  2. Staffed biocomputing facilities with an extensive high performance computing infrastructure, which includes a managed cloud and shared resources;
  3. Computational scientists and bioinformaticists to facilitate or collaborate in computationally intensive research;
  4. Entry level and intermediate training workshops, and one-on-one training, in bioinformatics and biological computing, provided by Ph.D. bioinformatics trainers.
  5. Seminar Series that features leading scientists in molecular and genomic biosciences and computational biology, and technology training workshops that introduce cutting-edge technologies;
  6. Annual Fall and Spring Conferences that brings together faculty, staff and students from across OSU;
  7. Campus-wide leadership in genomics, bioinformatics and computational biology.