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UB's Center for Computational Research (CCR) maintains a high-performance computing environment, visualization laboratories, and expert support staff.

The broad field of informatics encompasses the development of computing technology for the powerful and wide-ranging analysis of data for a variety of applications. 

Among the specific applications in which researchers at UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS) have particular expertise are:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Computational biology
  • Ontology
  • Healthcare informatics

The considerable resources of the Center for Computational Research are instrumental to the growing expertise and capacity in this important area of study.

The Institute for Healthcare Informatics (IHI)

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. Currently, 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
  • Provides a secure computing environment for sanctioned access to and support for analysis of healthcare information

The Ontology Research Group (ORG)

With an expertise in providing a common language and formal framework for disparate research groups to communicate research results, ORG develops powerful methods for information integration, including clinical trial data management and electronic health records.

The ORG assists scientific researchers, particularly biomedical researchers, in the selection of reliable study variables and the organization therof in ways that make research results unambiguous and re-interpretable.  

Faculty investigators

Werner Ceusters, MD

Director, Ontology Research Group (ORG); Professor of Psychiatry & Biomedical Informatics; Director of Research, UB Institute for Healthcare Informatics

Department of Psychiatry

Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, 701 Ellicott St., Suite B2-160, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716.881.8971


Thomas Furlani

Director, Center for Computational Research

Department of VP of Research

701 Ellicott St Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716.881.8939


Louis J. Goldberg, PhD


Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

365 Squire Hall, Room 325, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: 716.829.2576

Alexander D. Diehl, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Center Of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, 701 Ellicott St., B2-165, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716.881.8975