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Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics

outside view of Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and how it connects to surrounding research partner HWI.

Created in 2014, the Buffalo Institute for Genomics (BIG) and Data Analytics provides informatics and biomedical expertise to advance genomic medicine. A $100 million New York State grant to the University at Buffalo and the New York Genome Center in Manhattan created this unique partnership to make the state a leader in the field. BIG also is a regional asset, offering operational resources to industry partners, helping them in innovative practices and processes as well as creating jobs.

portrait of Brian McIlroy, BIG director

Brian McIlroy, PhD

Executive Director
Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics 

Email: bmcilroy_at_buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 842-2114

Blumenthal research on genomes

The Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences boasts cutting edge facilities in Next Generation Sequencing & Expression. The UB Genomics and Bioinformatics Core serves the university and Roswell Park Cancer Institute as well as regional and national businesses and institutions. Services use the illumina HiSeq 2500, 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. 

 

portrait of Norma Nowak, director CBLS

Norma J. Nowak, PhD

Executive Director
NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences

Email: njnowak_at_buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 881-8900

two people talking - standing among the computers of the Center for Computational Research

CCR, UB's supercomputing center, maintains a high-performance computing environment and high-end visualization laboratories with expertise in computing, visualization and networking. Housed in a state-of-the-art 4000 sq ft machine room, CCR currently crunches two to three terabytes of data per day with one terabyte roughly the equivalent of the information contained in 100,000 phone books. It has more than 190 Tflops of peak performance compute capacity and 4.2 PB of high-performance storage and expects to expand with the increasing needs of BIG. Though it used to take 10 years to map a human genome, now it only takes one day.

Tom Furlani

Thomas R. Furlani, PhD

Director
Center for Computational Research


Email: furlani_at_buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 881-8939

Health care data

IHI improves the health of the Western New York community, the state and the nation by providing a secure computing environment for storing, aggregating, integrating and analyzing healthcare data using innovative tools to generate knowledge. It is developing and hosting an electronic collection of fully identified health data—a Clinical Integrated Data Repository—in a secure space allowing sanctioned access to and analysis of healthcare information.

Peter Winkelstein, MD, MBA

portrait of Peter Winkelstein, director of Institute for Healthcare Informatics

Executive Director
Institute for Healthcare Informatics
Chief Medical Informatics Officer

UBMD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Email: pwink_at_buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 881-7546

Executive Director
Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics 

Email: bmcilroy_at_buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 842-2114