A reliable partner for nanopore sequencing and bioinformatics
The Bioinformatics Knowledge Center (BiKC) at Howest was established in 2018 within the advanced bachelor of bioinformatics (BIT) program in English. Many laboratories and companies do not have the knowledge, expertise or resources to hire a full-time bioinformatician. The bioinformatics knowledge center responds to this with hands-on research and services. Customized applications can be designed to analyze and visualize biomedical and biotechnological data, among other things, and, depending on the question, can be combined with databases for data storage and data management. Pipelines and containerized bioinformatics solutions are developed through automation and scripting using e.g. bash, R and Python. Moreover, the large amounts of publicly available data allow for the generation of new hypotheses and new insights at times.