Indiana University launches $300 million precision health initiative

Program has tapped internationally recognized bioinformatics and genomics expert to lead the effort.
By Bernie Monegain
12:40 PM
Kun Huang Indiana University precision health iniative

Indiana University’s first Grand Challenge initiative, Precision Health, has recruited Kun Huang to serve as director of data sciences and informatics for the $300 million, five-year research project, which was first announced in June 2016.

Huang is a professor of biomedical informatics at the Ohio State University, where he also serves as associate dean for genome informatics in the College of Medicine and director of the Division of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.

He will join IU on July 17.

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Huang is recognized internationally for his work in bioinformatics and computing He has focused his research on translational bioinformatics and integrative genomics tools for precision health, algorithms and software employed to visualize large and complex biomedical data, computer vision, machine learning, medical imaging and computational biology.

In addition to his role as director of data sciences and informatics for the Precision Health Initiative.

At IU, Huang will lead the development of innovative informatics solutions as part of the university’s Precision Health Initiative, which is focused on patient-centered precision medicine therapies.

He also will serve as chair in genomic data sciences for the Precision Health Initiative and as assistant dean for data sciences, professor of medicine, and Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics senior investigator at IU School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute.

Led by faculty at IU School of Medicine, IU Bloomington and IUPUI, and investigators at the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and the RegenstriefInstitute, is the first recipient of the university’s $300 million investment in the Grand Challenges Program.

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