Since 2011, the Office of the Chief Research Informatics Officer (CRIO) has been responsible for directing and overseeing research informatics activities across the University of Chicago’s Biological Sciences Division (BSD). The Office of the CRIO includes the Center for Research Informatics, the Bionimbus cloud-based infrastructure, and a forthcoming initiative in data-intensive science.

The Center for Research Informatics provides the BSD with advanced, secure technologies and services to enable clinical, translational, and basic science research. Their offerings include a clinical data warehouse, bioinformatics analysis pipelines and consulting, secure data storage and sharing, support for clinical trials management, custom application development, high-performance computing resources, and training opportunities.

Bionimbus is a collaboration between the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology at the University of Chicago and the Open Science Data Cloud to develop open source technology for managing, analyzing, transporting, and sharing large genomics datasets in a secure and compliant fashion.

The Chief Research Informatics Officer is Robert Grossman, PhD. The Associate CRIO for Translational Research is Samuel Volchenboum, MD, PhD.