Division of Biomedical Informatics & Genomics - About Us

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Welcome to Tulane University School of Medicine's Division of Bioinformatics & Genomics. Our program is committed to producing uniquely trained graduates who are critical to existing efforts in improving health outcomes. Our highest priority is to build a stronger presence in biomedical data sciences and informatics through clinical practice, research, and education.

Tulane’s Division of Biomedical Informatics & Genomics brings together some of the nation’s most talented young people with nationally and internationally recognized educators and researchers, all in the context of a vibrant city, with opportunities both in and out of the lab and classroom. Located in downtown New Orleans, our programs aim to train scientific minds in a collaborative and creative environment.

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Meet our Chief of the Division
Dr. Hong-Wen Deng
Dr. Hong-Wen Deng

Dr. Hong-Wen Deng's work has been published in over 600 peer-reviewed publications, including journals such as Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, and more. As of April 2023, these publications have been cited over 26,000 times. His H-index is 81, and his i10 index is 488. Dr. Deng’s primary research interests revolve around the question: What and how do genetic and environmental factors incur higher risk of —or better protection against — complex diseases, such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia, and Alzheimer’s Disease in different sex and ethnic groups.

Dr. Deng has won numerous NIH grants, including P50 and R01 grants and a U19 program grant, and has advised/mentored more than 100 graduate students and faculty. Many of his mentees have become tenured professors, winning their own grants with their own research centers/programs, and some have become academic and industrial administrators such as associate deans and department chairs, as well as CEOs and vice presidents of genomics companies.

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Genomics (CBG) is to promote research and education in biomedical informatics, computational biology, various omics, drug repurposing, and translational research of human complex diseases/traits with the goal of accelerating the pace of scientific discovery, reducing mortality and morbidity, and improving the quality of human life.

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Discover Our Faculty and Academic Programs

Meet Our Faculty

Academic Programs

Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics

  • The Biomedical Informatics Master's Program is a four-semester program designed to enrich and improve the credentials of graduates, and to prepare them for future careers in biomedical informatics, such as to apply for biomedical informatics analyst, data scientist, or other healthcare-related professions.

Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences

  • The Division of Biomedical Informatics and Genomics offers a Ph.D. concentration in Biomedical Informatics and Genomics (BIMI) within the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Ph.D. program to assist in the discovery of novel therapeutic treatments and point to new lines of scientific and medical inquiry for improving human health. The program, Ph.D. concentration in BIMI within BMS, is a part of the doctoral programs in n Biomedical Sciences at Tulane University’s School of Medicine.

The World of Bioinformatics & Genomics: News and Events

AMIA 2022 Annual Symposium November 5th - 9th, 2022
"The Annual Symposium builds on more than 45 years of sharing research and insights for leveraging health information and cutting-edge technologies to improve human health. Scientific evidence is the language of trust in healthcare, and this year’s theme is Informatics: Building the Evidence Base."