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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Preventive Medicine
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Health and Biomedical Informatics

Informatics is the study of information: how you collect it, how you organize it and how you use it to solve problems. Health & Biomedical Informatics is informatics applied to healthcare and biomedical research. Our investigations address questions ranging from the molecular scale (bioinformatics) through the patient scale (clinical informatics) to whole populations (public health informatics).

Increasingly, both healthcare and biomedical research are data-driven activities. Our goal is to not only accelerate discoveries from that data, but also to use the knowledge gained to improve the health of our patients.”

Justin Starren, MD, PhD

Justin Starren, MD, PhD

What We Do

 Visit the Programs in Health & Biomedical Informatics at Northwestern University page to learn about our division's educational efforts. Browse the Center for Data Science and Informatics calendar for related upcoming events and learn more on the center's website.

Meet Our Team

Davuluri, Ramana V

Ramana V Davuluri

Professor of Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics)

Research in Davuluri lab focuses on developing statistical machine learning based algorithms and informatics solutions for knowledge extraction in biology and medicine, funded by National Library of Medicine/NIH R01. The novel bioinformatics methods developed by this project will help in silico discovery and research for accelerating the linkage of phenotypic and genomic information, at gene-isoform level. The overarching goal of the lab is to translate data from high dimensional (-omic) platforms (e.g., NextGen sequencing) to derive experimentally interpretable and testable discovery models for the identification and characterization of transcript-variants/protein isoforms, networks and pathways involved in normal and disease cells.  His group collaborates with experimental and clinical researcher towards identification of genetic and epigenetic signatures for identification of subsets of cancer patients who may benefit from therapeutic intervention and guide the understanding of drug activity in patient tumors, towards the goals of precision medicine (for example, JCO Clin Cancer Inform. 2019 Apr;3:1-9. doi: 10.1200/CCI.18.00096.)

Holmes, Kristi L

Kristi L Holmes

Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics) and Medical Education

Dr. Holmes is the Director of Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center and associate professor of Preventive Medicine (Health & Biomedical Informatics) at Northwestern University. Her research is focused on the development and application of information standards to support interoperability and data exchange to enhance discovery across basic science, clinical, and community-based research and ultimately, develop new methods for understanding translational impact. Operationalized workflows for the library and beyond have been developed, including a robust evaluation infrastructure for the campus in NUCATS. Holmes is especially enthusiastic about new roles and opportunities for modern biomedical research libraries in an increasingly informatics and data-driven environment.

Luo, Yuan

Yuan Luo

Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics) and McCormick School of Engineering

His research interests include machine learning, natural language processing, time series analysis, integrative genomic analysis and big data analytics, with a focus on medical and clinical applications. He is the Chief AI Scientist at Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS).

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Contact Us

Health & Biomedical Informatics

  • Rubloff Building, 11th floor
    750 N Lake Shore Dr.
    Chicago, IL 60611   (Map it)
  • Phone: 312-503-1879
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