Twin distribution in CaTCH analysis

When it comes to disease and health, which is more powerful—zip code or genetic code?

The degree to which nature and nurture affect disease and health remains one of the eternal—and still unanswerable—questions in medicine.

Isaac Kohane at symposium on Transforming the Future of Human Health

At a symposium November 8 on Transforming the Future of Human Health, Dean George Daley announced the commitment to HMS of $200 million by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the largest gift in the school's history. DBMI Chair Isaac Kohane spoke about the intellectual communities that will usher in this transformation, broadly describing them as a partnership between data scientists, doctors, and patients.

fluorescent stained mega-plate

DBMI researcher Michael Baym has been named a 2018 Packard Fellow in Science and Engineering. The Packard Fellowships are among the nation’s largest nongovernmental fellowships, designed to allow maximum flexibility in how the funding is used. Since 1988, this program has supported the blue-sky thinking of scientists and engineers in the hopes that their research over time will lead to new discoveries that improve people’s lives and enhance our understanding of the universe. The award, now in its 30th year, is given annually by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.


Understanding how cellular organization influences the function of human tissues is critical for deeper insights into tissue growth, processes related to aging, and the emergence of disease.

map of UDN sites

Grants to improve and accelerate the diagnosis of rare and undiagnosed conditions were made to academic medical centers across the nation Monday. The new awards are part of the second phase of the National Institutes of Health’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN).

BIG students at orientation

This fall, DBMI is pleased to welcome ten new students to the Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics (BIG) PhD program.

Group photo of new students in Master of Biomedical Informatics program

This month the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School welcomed the next cohort of students in the Master of Biomedical Informatics (MBI) program.

Scientists have designed a way to monitor cellular decision making by measuring the rate of RNA change over time. Image: iStock

For the first time, researchers have managed to capture a cell’s decision making as a dynamic process.

Alexa McCray at Master's graduation ceremony

“You are poised to have great impact in your chosen scientific field,” keynote speaker Alexa McCray told 86 degree recipients at this year’s HMS Master’s Degree Programs Graduation Ceremony.

Open Science By Design -- graphic for phases in the research life cycle

A National Academies committee chaired by DBMI’s Alexa McCray has released the results of its study on broadening access to the results of scientific research. The report, entitled Open Science By Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research, is freely available for download from National Academies Press.