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Research Computing

Software Access


Support for research computers is offered through Pediatric Scholar subscription. The service bundles a) remote as well as on-site technical support, b) access to 25+ commercial packages and 100+ Open Source applications (see below), and c) Data Management Support. All members of the community can join the program, which is renewed on an annual basis. To enroll please visit the BCH intranet.

Many of the following titles are available through the self-service model and can be requested for immediate download through the Pediatric Scholar portal. The Portal provides brief descriptions of available applications, and the Scholar Software Directory in the wiki provides detailed descriptions as well as links to support services for each title. Below we highlight some of the most commonly used packages.

  • Google G Suite: BCH G Suite My Drives and Team Drives currently have unlimited storage space. Google collaborative tools include Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides and more that can be shared with collaborators. These tools allow users to, in real-time, collaborate on the creation of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with versioning and file recovery support.

  • Microsoft Office 2016: Scholars can request download of the newest standalone Microsoft Office applications, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, which can be installed on up to 5 devices. Access to Office requires that Research Computing add you to the license.

  • We also offer access to additional applications, including EndNote, the full Adobe Acrobat, ReadCube, Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo (Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop competitors).

  • Geneious: The most recent addition to Pediatric Scholar, application Geneious provides one of the most comprehensive collection of molecular biology and NGS analysis tools, including tools to support RNA-seq analyses, tree building, cloning and more.

  • We also offer access to additional molecular biology applications, including DNASTAR Lasergene, MacVector and Sequencher.

  • FlowJo: An analysis platform for single-cell flow cytometry data that is widely used by the BCH community. 

  • Pathway Analysis: several applications are available:

    • Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) supports searches for targeted information on genes, proteins, chemicals, and drugs.

    • Cytoscape provides a platform for visualizing molecular interaction networks and biological pathways and integrating these networks with annotations, gene expression profiles and other state data.

    • MetaCore, which is available through HMS Countway Library, delivers high-quality biological systems content in context, giving researchers essential data and analytics to accelerate scientific research.

  • Open Source Software: Access to 100+ open source applications are offered through the BioGrid installer (Mac and Linux only). For the full list of applications please visit Please note that all BioGrids applications are also available on the HMS O2 cluster.

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