Cancer Informatics Shared Resource (CISR)

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CISR offers standardized computational pipeline analyses of many types of data to UWCCC members. Automated analyses supported include those for DNA variant calling, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, metagenomics, and protein structure prediction. This service is offered through a collaboration with the Bioinformatics Resource Center (BRC), which has developed these pipelines over many years for use by UW–Madison researchers. CISR and BRC are working together to build additional pipelines of interest to UWCCC members. To use or inquire about this service, please submit a request form and answer “Yes” to the question regarding registering this project as part of CISR.

The CISR continues to advance in its essential role to contribute to all UWCCC Scientific Programs by providing bioinformatics (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, etc.) and machine learning resources that address the specific needs of UWCCC members in a cost-effective manner.

Consultation is especially valuable during the planning stage of a research study or a proposal for extramural funding. To accomplish CISR’s mission, the CISR offers consultation and data analysis services to UWCCC members. Specifically, the CISR offers intellectual resources and services by providing members access to a wide range of skills and expertise interpreting research data sets using existing analysis methods and technologies and developing new methodology when needed.

Contact Us

Faculty Leader: Colin Dewey, 608-265-6168

Facility Manager: Sean McIlwain, (608) 265-2359

Informatics Faculty: Mark Craven, PhD; Sushmita Roy, PhD; Irene Ong, PhD

Informatics Scientists: Peng Liu, PhD; Sean McIlwain, PhD; Rene Welch, PhD; Philippos Tsourkas, PhD; Jessica Vera, PhD

Location:  6139 Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research

Using the Facility & Services

Requests for cancer informatics services and consultation are initiated by email or phone to the faculty leader or facility manager and the most appropriate informatics personnel is put in contact with the UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) member.

CISR Staff 2021 Photo

Scientific Accomplishments

CISR offers technological resources and services to members including an informatics infrastructure for collecting, storing, analyzing and sharing of data.

Bar graph of the types of data analysis performed by CISR


Any published research which received funding from the UWCCC Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG), including the use of UWCCC Shared Resources to generate or analyze data or conduct clinical trials, must reference the UWCCC. See Acknowledging UWCCC in Publications, Posters and Presentations. Please acknowledge “UWCCC Cancer Informatics Shared Resource” for any work supported by CISR.  Thank you!

Sample Acknowledgment

“The author(s) thank the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center Cancer Informatics Shared Resource, supported by P30 CA014520 for use of its services.”