Computational Services and Bioinformatics Facility (CSBF)

About CSBF

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

CSBF staff: Lee Kozar, Ling Xie, Alan Herbert


In addition to providing a full range of popular software programs, such as Microsoft and Adobe products, the facility offers software in the following categories:

  • Sequence analysis (DNAstar, SnapGene, MacVector, Sequencher, Geneious, CLCBio)
  • Microarray analysis (GeneSpring, Partek)
  • Genomics analysis (Geneious, Golden Helix, Partek, JMP Genomics, iPathwayGuide)
  • Mass spectrometry (Mascot, PEAKS, ProteinMetrics)
  • Database (FileMaker, EndNote, Paperpile)
  • Statistical and mathematical analysis (SPSS, Matlab, Mathematica, SigmaPlot, GraphPad)
  • Graphics (Illustrator, Photoshop, BioRender)
  • Microscope imaging (Volocity, Imaris, Metamorph)
  • Gel electrophoresis imaging (Nonlinear Dynamics)
  • Electronic lab notebooks (LabArchives, Benchling)


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 off-campus; special licensing arrangements can be made so that the software will work even when not connected to a network. This means that Stanford researchers have access to the software they need no matter where they are.

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


Ling Xie, Alan Herbert