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Health Sciences

Exploring the Universe Within.
We’re boldly going where few have gone before, using big data to drive the latest advances in healthcare.

The human body is infinitely complex and health is affected by everything from the genes that dictate the color of our eyes and our risk for disease, to the food we eat, our behavior and our environment. At NCSA we help researchers decode its mysteries. Leveraging our expertise in data analytics, software development, simulation, cybersecurity, and visualization drives innovations that could lead to longer and healthier lives. We continue to expand our contribution through academic and clinical partnerships including Mayo Clinic, Northwestern, Carle and others that help us rapidly bring these innovations to the forefront of medical care.

NCSA Spotlight

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Colleen Bushell
Associate Director, Heathcare Innovation

Colleen specializes in the area of visual analytics, specifically visualization design and software user interface development for communicating complex information.

I am driven to contribute my skills to the interdisciplinary effort needed to better understand human health – especially autoimmune diseases and cancers. NCSA provides a diverse, supportive environment that enables innovation.

Project Highlights

Closeup of a pipetting machine injecting a blue solution into clear bottles to test for COVID-19.

Transcriptional Regulation

Explore how the team used TraRe, or Transcriptional Regulation, to determine molecular predictors of drug resistance in prostate cancer.

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Tumor Phylogeny

Find out how visualizing the progression of tumors can help clinicians provide more targeted treatment for patients with cancer.



Big Data Aids PPE Research

University of Illinois professor awarded a $200,000 RAPID grant to design a 3D-printable medical mask inspired by the nasal structures of animals.
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