Computational Services and Bioinformatics Facility (CSBF)

About CSBF

The Computational Services and Bioinformatics Facility (CSBF) provides computer software support for more than 5,000 researchers in over 300 different research labs and 36 different departments at Stanford University. Both commercial and public domain software for sequence analysis, molecular modeling, and mathematical and statistical analysis are available at this facility. The expertise of the staff is available to aid researchers in experimental design and data analysis.

In addition to providing a full range of popular software programs like Microsoft and Adobe products, the facility offers software in a range of categories (see below):

Software & Services

Sequence Analysis 

DNAstar, SnapGene, MacVector, Sequencher, Geneious, CLCBio

Molecular Modeling

Tripos Sybyl, Gaussian, Schrodinger, Accelrys Discovery Suite

Microarray Analysis

GeneSpring, Partek, Ingenuity Pathway Analysis

Genomics Analysis

Geneious Server, Golden Helix, Partek Flow

Mass Spectrometry

Mascot, PEAKS


MySQL, Oracle, FileMaker, EndNote

Statistical & Mathematical Analysis

SPSS, Matlab, Mathematical, GraphPad


Illustrator, Photoshop

Microscope Imaging

Volocity, Imaris, Metamorph

Gel Electrophoresis Imaging

Nonlinear Dynamics

These software packages are repackaged by the CSBF so they can be easily downloaded from the facility’s website and installed, already configured for use within the Stanford network. Many of these software packages can be used from off-campus and special licensing arrangements can be made so that the software will still work even when not connected to a network. This means that Stanford researchers have access to the software they need no matter where they may be.

A full list of the software offered by the CSBF can be found on the facility’s website.


Lee Kozar