About Us

Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics

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.

Brian McIlroy, PhD

Executive Director
Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics 

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

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. 


Norma J. Nowak, PhD

Executive Director
NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences

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

CCR's supercomputing center, maintains a high-performance computing environment and visualization lab 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. It has more than 190 Tflops of peak performance compute capacity and 4.2 PB of high-performance storage. It used to take 10 years to map a human genome, now it only takes only one day.

Thomas R. Furlani, PhD

Center for Computational Research

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

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

Executive Director
Institute for Healthcare Informatics
Chief Medical Informatics Officer

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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