Research Areas

DBMI embraces a broad view of biomedical informatics which includes all computational aspects of health care, prevention, and public health as well as biology and medicine.

The field of biomedical informatics can be grouped according to methods used and by domain area of application. At DBMI, our researchers are involved in all categories, working on scales that range from single molecules to world populations.

Our team works along the scientific pipeline, from discovery (with genomics, proteomics, simulation of biological systems, and more) all the way to analysis (including natural language processing, knowledge management, and telemedicine, among others). We are deeply engaged in human and organizational factors as well, covering technology evaluation, decision support, electronic health records, and more.

From an applications perspective, this broad portfolio of work has our researchers embedded in some of the most challenging informatics needs of our time.

Clinical Informatics

This specialty aims to use computation and data in the provision of health care, spanning medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health.

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Public Health Informatics

This field focuses on studying patients and populations to improve the public health system and to elucidate epidemiology.

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Clinical Research Informatics

Targeted more at research, this specialty supports the clinical research enterprise through advanced analytics, massively parallel computation, and data mining.

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Translational Bioinformatics

Specialists in this category use their expertise to translate research-based biological discoveries into clinical utility, developing high-throughput methods to bridge research and health care.

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Computational Biology

This area covers the advanced interpretation of critical biological findings, using databases and cutting-edge computational infrastructure to advance the science.

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