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Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology

The Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology supports studies in and tools for understanding complex biological systems. The research and training it funds join biology with the computer sciences, engineering, mathematics and physics. The long-term goals of the division are to leverage data and technologies to answer fundamental questions about biology and to develop a more robust computing infrastructure for the biomedical research community. The division also defines NIGMS’ needs for database development and applications as well as for a broad spectrum of biomedical technologies, techniques and methodologies. It collaborates with other NIH components and Federal agencies Description: Link to external Web site in developing policies in these areas.

The division has two components: the Biomedical Technology Branch and the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Branch.

Research areas NIGMS supports within this division and contact names are listed on the Contacts by Research Area page.

Biomedical Technology Branch

This branch supports research to discover, create and develop innovative technologies for biomedical research. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, high-performance computing, molecular imaging, structural biology and proteomics. The branch provides this support through biomedical technology research centers, a research network Link to external Web site, instrument development for biomedical applications, investigator-initiated research grants and small business grants.

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Branch

The bioinformatics component of this branch supports research to develop algorithms and tools for managing, visualizing and analyzing scientific data sets. It also identifies Institute needs for database development and creates opportunities for maintaining the most critical ones, and it encourages the adoption of software engineering best practices and rigorous statistical analyses in NIGMS-funded research.

The computational biology component of the branch supports research in modeling, such as the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS), and systems biology, such as the National Centers for Systems Biology. The branch also fosters the use of systems biology approaches to study complex systems from the subcellular to physiological and population scales, the development of modeling and simulation tools across NIGMS mission areas, and the advancement of methods for analyzing and disseminating computational models.

For more information about the NIGMS Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, contact:

Dr. Amy L. Swain
Acting Director
Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200

This page last reviewed on March 1, 2013