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The mission of The Ohio State University (OSU) Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI) is to improve people’s lives through innovation in research, education, and patient care. We seek to achieve this mission by pursuing the advancement of health and biomedicine through the development, application, and dissemination of novel biomedical informatics theories and methods capable of driving biological discovery, generating and translating knowledge, and advancing personalized healthcare.

These innovation focus areas rely upon theories and methods generated by a variety of BMI sub-domains, including: bioinformatics, computational biology, translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, and imaging informatics. Four cross-cutting core competencies underlie our mission and vision, specifically: the understanding of human factors influencing the use of technology in the health science and biomedical domains; the application of knowledge engineering principles to support the design of intelligent systems; the use of high-performance computing principles to facilitate the analysis of multi-dimensional data; and the generation of information and knowledge from component sources using the principles of data science.


BMI was established in 2001, and is led by a team consisting of Dr. Lang Li (Chair) and Dr. Soledad Fernández (Vice Chair) – all recognized as international leaders in the application of biomedical informatics theories and methods to advance clinical and translational science. Reflecting its mission and vision, BMI is home to a rapidly expanding program of basic and applied biomedical informatics innovation, catalyzed by a wealth of driving biological and clinical problems generated by the comprehensive basic science and clinical units that make up the OSU Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC), as well as regular collaboration with the broader OSU community. BMI houses undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, professional, and distance education programs, as well as a suite of biomedical informatics services targeting the needs of the basic, clinical, and translational research communities at OSU and in the central Ohio region​.​​​​