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Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology

The Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (BBCB) advances basic biomedical research by supporting:

  • The development, use and dissemination of computational tools, sophisticated quantitative approaches and unique experimental technologies to enable studies of biological, behavioral and social systems that underlie health and disease.
  • The creation of innovative methods to store, organize, share, visualize, integrate and analyze vast quantities of biological data.
  • Training opportunities in the quantitative and data sciences to prepare the next generation of biomedical researchers.

The long-term goals of the division are to leverage data and technologies to answer fundamental biological questions, to develop a more robust computing infrastructure for the biomedical research community and to promote and facilitate the development and use of new computational and experimental technologies in biomedical research.

The division has two components: the Biomedical Technology Branch and the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Branch.

Research areas NIGMS supports within this division and contact names are listed on the Contacts by Research Area page. For a list of all BBCB staff and links to their biographical sketches, see the Division Staff Contacts page.

Biomedical Technology Branch

This branch supports research to discover, create and develop innovative technologies for biomedical research. Technology development often requires multidisciplinary and team-oriented approaches and can lead to new or improved instrument development that has broad application to medical research. Areas of emphasis include computational infrastructure, molecular imaging and dynamics, and technologies to elucidate structural and functional biology.

The branch provides support through biomedical technology research resources, investigator-initiated research grants and small business grants.

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Branch

This branch supports bioinformatics and computational approaches that join biology with the computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, biostatistics and physics as well as general approaches that have the potential for broad applicability and usage by investigators with support from across NIH and other agencies. The branch also leads the NIH Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative and collaborates with other parts of NIH on the Big Data to Knowledge initiative as well as with the National Science Foundation to support programs in mathematical biology.

The branch provides support through a network for modeling infectious disease agents and programs in systems biology, mathematical biology, investigator-initiated research grants, behavioral and social modeling and small business grants.

For more information about the NIGMS Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, contact:

Dr. Susan K. Gregurick
Director, Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200

This page last reviewed on August 22, 2016