The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is adding a state-of-the-art technology center to its campus in 2021 to support collaborative big data initiatives in biomedical research.
OMRF’s Center for Biomedical Data Sciences will focus on a range of bioinformatics, data analytics, data visualization and machine learning that help researchers understand large amounts of biological data.
OMRF scientists conduct innovative laboratory and clinical research in areas including autoimmunity, cardiovascular biology, cancer, cell biology, genetics and genomics, and aging and metabolism. The Center for Biomedical Data Sciences will be integrated with those research efforts to expand the deployment of sophisticated mathematical and computer science approaches to elevate all levels of research at the foundation.
“The center is being developed in response to a foundation-wide desire for cutting-edge, integrated data analytic knowledge and support,” said OMRF scientist Tim Griffin, Ph.D. “This has the potential to revolutionize how we do science at OMRF.”
In addition to fostering collaboration across OMRF’s five research programs, the center will function as an educational resource to train the foundation’s scientists on implementing data analytic tools to advance their scientific goals.
It will also provide leadership in organizing computational and related resources, in strategic planning to support basic and clinical research, and in expanding OMRF research opportunities.
OMRF is seeking a center director to lead the development and execution of a comprehensive strategy to advance biomedical data analytics across the foundation.
“Our current experience is that the technological opportunities are outpacing the support. Adding this new center will flip the script,” said OMRF Vice President of Research Rodger McEver, M.D. “The impact will be sizable and we believe it will significantly benefit scientists at OMRF.”
To learn more about the center and faculty position, visit http://www.omrf.org/center-for-biomedical-data-sciences.