Equipment, Software, & Tools

  • 13HD Creative Pen and Touch Display

    WACOM Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display: 13.3" high-definition touch screen; pressure-sensitive Pro Pen with tilt recognition; ExpressKeys; rocker ring; home button; adjustable, 4-position display stand; USB 2.0 and HDMI interfaces.

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro CC

    Adobe Acrobat is a family of application software and Web services developed by Adobe Systems to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format.

  • Adobe After Effects CC

    Film and animation software tha also allows 3D editing.

  • Adobe Dreamweaver CC

    Adobe Dreamweaver is a web development tool to design, code, and publish websites and web applications.

  • Adobe Fireworks CC

    Fireworks is a bitmap and vector graphics editor, 

  • Adobe Illustrator CC

    Vector graphics editor.

  • Adobe InDesign

    InDesign is a desktop publishing software application. It can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations, books and ebooks.

  • Adobe Media Encoder CC

    Media Encoder is part of Adobe video editing suite and is responsible for encoding video files to the proper format to ensure they play on different devices.

  • Adobe Photoshop CC

    Graphics editing program that has a 3D plugin.

  • Adobe Premier Pro CC

    Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing app developed by Adobe and published as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud. Premiere Pro is geared towards professional video editing, 

  • Anaconda and Python

    Python is an open-source, object-oriented programming language, particularly well-suited for scientific computing because of its extensive ecosystem of scientific libraries and environments. For more information, see the Python FAQ page and the Python Numeric and Scientific Wiki.

  • Apple iPad Mini

    A 7.9 inch tablet that comes with several pre-installed applications, including Siri, Safari, Mail, Photos, Video, Music, iTunes, App Store, Maps, Notes, Calendar, Game Center, Photo Booth, and Contacts.

  • Arc GIS Desktop

    Collect and manage data, create professional maps, perform traditional and advanced spatial analysis, and solve real problems. 

  • ArrayStar QSeq

    ArrayStar is software from DNASTAR for analyzing gene expression data. It also provides visualization tools and gene ontology integration. The library's license includes QSeq with ArrayStar for RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq and miRNA analysis. 

  • Autodesk Maya

    3D computer graphics software that is also used for designing games, film, and animation. Check out the following resources for Autodesk:

  • Biomedical Genomics Workbench (CLC)

    Biomedical Genomics Workbench (formerly CLC) is software for analyzing and visualizing next generation sequencing data. Its functionality includes de novo assembly of Sanger, 454, Illumina Genome Analyzer and SOLiD data and also de novo assembly from a combination of these platforms. Additionally, it provides contig reports, read mapping, SNP, and DIP detection.

  • Blender

    Blender is a professional, free and open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games.

  • BRB-ArrayTools

    BRB-ArrayTools is an integrated package for the visualization and statistical analysis of Microarray gene expression, copy number, methylation and RNA-Seq data.

  • Camtasia Studio 8

    Camtasia is a software suite, created and published by TechSmith, for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencast, or via a direct recording plug-in to Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Chimera

    Chimera is a highly extensible program for interactive visualization and analysis of molecular structures and related data, including density maps, supramolecular assemblies, sequence alignments, docking results, trajectories, and conformational ensembles. High-quality images and animations can be generated.

  • Cn3D

    Cn3D ("see in 3D") is a helper application for your web browser that allows you to view 3-dimensional structures from NCBI's Entrez Structure database. Cn3D is provided for Windows and Macintosh, and can be compiled on Unix.

  • Cytoscape

    Cytoscape is a free, open source visualization tool for modeling complex networks and integrating network points with attribute data.  The program was designed for use in molecular and systems biology, genomics, and proteomics, but is also useful for creating visualizations of other types of network data.  To learn more about Cytoscape, visit the Cytoscape homepage

  • Data Visualization Touchscreen

    65" interactive digital display used to visualize and demonstration data.

  • Digital Audio Recorder

  • GeneSpring

    The uses of GeneSpring include visualization and analysis of expression data and genomic structural variation data. Statistical analysis and gene annotation updates are also provided. Examples of expression data are one and two color microarray data, quantitative real time PCR, and serial analysis of gene expression (SAGE) data. An example of genomic structural variation data is copy number data.

  • Genomatix Genome Analyzer

    Genomatix Genome Analyzer accepts aligned reads from next generation sequencing experiments: ChIP, RNA, DNA, methylation, and small RNA. It provides visualization and interpretation, including generating and evaluating networks and pathways; performing extended literature searches, and sequence analyses and extraction.

  • GenomeBrowser

    The free Golden Helix GenomeBrowse® tool delivers visualizations of genomic data that give the ability to see what is occurring at each base pair in samples.

  • GeoCommons

    GeoCommons is the internet service where users can share, transform, visualize and mash-up geograohical information.

  • GeoDA

    GeoDa is a user-friendly software program that has been developed to support the free and open-source spatial analysis research infrastructure. 

  • Gephi

    Gephi is a free, open-source network exploration, analysis, and visualization tool.  It can be used with a variety of different types of networks and complex systems, as well as to create dynamic and hierarchical graphs.  To learn more about Gephi, visit the Gephi homepage.

  • Golden Helix SNP and Variation Suite

    This tool includes SNP Analysis, CNV Analysis, DNA-Seq Analysis, and RNA-Seq Analysis. Additional features are variant maps, Manhattan plots and a Python scripting interface.

  • Google Nexus 7 Tablet

  • Headphones

  • Human Gene Mutation Database Professional

    The professional version of the Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD) provides up-to-date information on human inherited gene mutations. It allows researchers to assess the novelty of identified gene mutations. The mutations in the database are manually curated from the scientific literature. They are mapped to the genome and can be searched by motif, type of nucleotide or amino acid substitution, and location within a splice site or regulatory region.

  • Ingenuity Pathways Analysis (IPA)

    IPA is a web-based bioinformatics application that allows researchers to upload data analysis results from high-throughput experiments such as microarray and next generation sequencing for functional analyze, integration, and further understanding. This includes both microarray and RNA-Seq gene expression, miRNA, SNP, metabolomics, and proteomics data. In general, lists of genes or chemicals can be analyzed using IPA. It also has a search capability for information on genes, proteins, chemicals, and drugs and allows interactive building of networks to represent biological systems.

  • Ingenuity Variant Analysis (IVA)

    Human variant call format (VCF) files can be uploaded to IVA for identification as causal. Annotation of the variants using the Ingenuity Knowledge Base built on both human and computer curated literature and other databases facilitates the exploration of the functionality of the variants.

  • Inkscape

    Inkscape is a free, open-source graphics program for creating and editing images in a variety of formats suitable for print and web use.  Inkscape's features make it similar to Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and CorelDRAW.  A variety of free plugins also provide additional functionality.  To learn more about Inkscape, visit the Inkscape homepage.

  • JAWS Screen Reader

    JAWS is a computer screen reader program for Microsoft Windows that allows blind and visually impaired users to read the screen either with a text-to-speech output or by a refreshable Braille display.

  • JMP (Statistics software)

    JMP is the data analysis tool of choice for hundreds of thousands of scientists, engineers and other data explorers worldwide. Users leverage powerful statistical and analytic capabilities in JMP to discover the unexpected. With JMP you can perform data analysis, data acquisition and cleanup, data visualization, reliability analysis, text exploration, statistical modeling, and it integrates with SAS, MATLAB, and R.

  • Lasergene

    Lasergene provides users a full range of tools for manipulation of sequence data. Lasergene is applicable to both nucleic acid and protein sequences. Example functions operating on sequences are editing, annotating, virtual cloning, primer design, and SNP discovery. Lasergene is available for PC and Mac platforms.

  • Lighting Kit

  • Mango Map

    Create and share interactive web maps for GIS data. 


    MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment. MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, C#, Java, Fortran and Python.

  • MetaCore and Genomic Analysis Tools

    MetaCore is a web-based bioinformatics suite that allows researchers to upload data analysis results from experiments such as microarray, next generation sequencing, metabolic, SAGE, siRNA, microRNA, and screening. It provides functional analysis to identify the most relevant pathways, networks, and cellular processes in the data. Additionally, gene, protein, compound, pathwaymap, and disease searches are available.

  • Microphone

  • Neo4J

    Neo4J is a free, open-source graph database program. It can be used to model complex systems and networks to reveal patterns and connections. It also uses Cypher, a graph query language, to allow users to conduct complicated database queries. To learn more about Neo4J, visit the Neo4J homepage.

  • NetFabb Basic

    Use Netfabb Basic to make editing, repairing and analysing designs for 3D printing quick and easy. View, repair, and edit .STL files. Analyze and repair files to make models airtight. Make simple adjustments for proper fitting on build plate.

  • OpenRefine

    OpenRefine (formerly known as Google Refine) is a free, open source tool for working with messy data.  With OpenRefine, users can process and clean their data, save to different formats, and upload to participating databases.  To learn more, visit the OpenRefine homepage.

  • OpenSCAD

    OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD models. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, Windows and Mac OS X. Unlike most free software for creating 3D models (such as Blender) it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling but instead on the CAD aspects. Thus it might be the application you are looking for when you are planning to create 3D models of machine parts but pretty sure is not what you are looking for when you are more interested in creating computer-animated movies.

  • Partek Flow

    Partek Flow is for the analysis of next generation sequencing data: RNA, small RNA, and DNA sequencing. Functionality provided is quality control, alignment, quantification, statistics, and visualization.

  • Partek Genomics Suite

    Partek Genomics Suite is used to analyze high throughput data, for example, from microarray experiments and next generation sequencing experiments. It can be used to analyze any data set with lists of values associated with identifiers and experiment factors. It has a number of clustering and statistical algorithms to aid in the visualization and discovery of patterns in large data sets. Partek is available for PC, Mac and Linux platforms.

  • Partek Pathway

    Partek® Pathway™ integrates with Partek Genomics Suite to allow you to interactively browse the KEGG database, then apply advanced statistical models for accurate results.

  • Pathway Studio

    Ariadne's Pathway Studio is pathway analysis software for interpreting gene expression and other high throughput data; building, expanding and analyzing pathways; finding relationships among genes, proteins, cell processes and diseases; and drawing pathway diagrams.

  • Protein Lounge

    ProteinLounge is a collection of many interactive web-based databases and tools to help the life scientists access and analyze gene/protein data. The databases include Pathway Database, siRNA Database, Peptide-Antigen Database, Protein Interaction Database, Kinase-Phosphatase Database, Transcription Factors Database, Disease Genes Database, Biochemical Compound Database and Protein Database. The analysis tools include Pathways Builder Tool, Protein Hydroplotter, Peptide Finder, Easy siRNA, Clone Easy and Protein Vision.

  • QGIS

    QGIS is a free and open-source cross-platform desktop geographic information system application that supports viewing, editing, and analysis of geospatial data. 

  • R and RStudio

    R is a programming language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. The R environment provides an integrated suite of software facilities for data manipulation, calculation and graphical display. R can import and export data in a variety of formats, both open source and proprietary, including plain text and comma-separated values (CSV), Excel spreadsheets (.XLS and .XLSX), files from a variety of statistical packages (including SAS, SPSS, and Stata), and more.

  • SCaVis

    SCaVis (Scientific Computation and Visualization Environment) is a free, Java-based environment for scientific computation, data analysis and data visualization.

  • Science of Science (Sci2) Tool

    Sci2 is a free, modular toolset designed by researchers at Indiana University for the study of science. It can be used for temporal, geospatial, topical, and network analysis, and visualizations of scholarly datasets.

  • SeqMan NGen

    SeqMan NGen is used for assembly of next generation sequencing data, including target resequencing, small genome assembly, and de novo transcriptome workflows. It currently has a limit of around 15 million reads, depending on read length. SeqMan NGen is available for 64-bit PC and Mac platforms.

  • Simmune

    The Simmune modeler provides a visual interface for the definition of molecules, their structures (sub-molecular components or domains and binding sites), and the complexes the molecules form through reactions such as associations, dissociation, and transformations. Molecular reactions are mediated by interactions between individual binding sites. These interactions can be specified simply by drawing lines (using the mouse) connecting the binding sites.

  • Solidworks

    SolidWorks is 3D CAD design software, analysis software, and product data management software. 

  • SPSS Statistics

    IBM SPSS Statistics enables you to quickly dig deeper into your data, making it a much more effective tool than spreadsheets, databases or standard multi-dimensional tools for analysts. SPSS Statistics includes a variety of functionalities such as descriptive statistics, data preparation, graphing, bivariate statistics procedures, factor and cluster analysis and linear and ordinal regression.

  • Stata

    Stata is an integrated statistical software package for data management, analysis, and visualization.  Stata provides both a command syntax for users who are comfortable with scripting and a simple point-and-click interface for users who do not have experience with writing scripts.  With either method, analyses are documented for easy reproducibility. 

  • Tableau

    The NIH Library has Tableau Desktop installed on the Data Services workstation. Reservations are required. Reserve up to two hours daily for project work or demonstration. Tableau is an analytics tool for creating a wide variety of interactive data visualizations.

  • VarSeq

    VarSeq software streamlines the process of annotating and filtering variants obtained from next generation sequencing pipelines to find variants of interest. VarSeq simplifies the user interface and provides a scalable architecture featuring repeatable workflows, note taking and reporting, and filter parameter prototyping.

  • Video Camera

  • Workspace / Room Only

    Reserve the workspace without equipment or software.

  • ZoomText

    ZoomText Magnifier/Reader is a fully integrated magnification and reading program tailored for low-vision users. Magnifier/Reader enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, echoes your typing and essential program activity, and automatically reads documents, web pages, email.