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The Buffalo Institute for Genomics (BIG) and Data Analytics was created in 2014 to provide informatics and biomedical expertise to advance genomic medicine.  The intentions are for BIG to become a community asset which provides operational resources to create innovation and new jobs among its partners and industry.

Brian McIlroy

Brian McIlroy, PhD

Executive Director
Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics 

Phone: (716) 842-2114

UB Genomics & Bioinformatics Core

The Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences boasts cutting edge facilities in Next Generation Sequencing & Expression.  The UB Genomics and Bioinformatics Core serves SUNY at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, WNY businesses, and institutions nationwide.  Next-Gen Sequencing services are provided using the illumina HiSeq 2500, and Ion Torrent PGM and Ion Proton platforms. The core also provides expression analysis services on all Affymetrix platforms including 3'expression, miRNA, exon, and gene arrays. 



Norma Nowak

Norma J. Nowak, PhD

Executive Director
NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences

Phone: (716) 881-8900

CCR server room

CCR, UB's supercomputing center, maintains a high-performance computing environment, high-end visualization laboratories, and support staff with expertise in computing, visualization, and networking.  CCR has more than 190 Tflops of peak performance compute capacity and 4.2 PB of high-performance storage.   CCR's computing facilities, which are housed in a state-of-the-art 4000 sq ft machine room are expected to increase tenfold for this joint project. Currently, CCR crunches two to three terabytes of data per day – and one terabyte is roughly the equivalent of the information contained in 100,000 phone books. Though it used to take 10 years to map a human genome, now it only takes one day.  



Tom Furlani

Thomas R. Furlani, PhD

Center for Computational Research

Phone: (716) 881-8939





Health care data

The mission of IHI is to support healthcare research and economic development at the University at Buffalo by providing a secure computing environment in which healthcare data are stored, aggregated, integrated and analyzed using innovative tools to generate knowledge that improves the health of the Western New York community, New York State and the nation.  IHI provides biomedical informatics support to the Buffalo Institute for Genomics, is developing and hosting an electronic collection of fully identified health data in a Clinical Integrated Data Repository and provides a secure computing environment for sanctioned access to and support for analysis of healthcare information.



Peter Winkelstein

Peter Winkelstein, MD, MBA

Executive Director
Institute for Healthcare Informatics
Chief Medical Informatics Officer

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Phone: (716) 881-7546