Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Harvard Medical School
Chirag Patel’s long-term research goal is to make large biomedical datasets clinically useful using the tools of “translational bioinformatics". Specifically, his group addresses problems in human health and disease by developing computational methods to reason over high-throughput genomic and environmental information spanning molecules to populations. Realizing that our genomes are just a small bit of the story in human disease after 8 years in the biotechnology industry writing algorithms for genome sequence platforms, Chirag attended graduate school in biomedical informatics – a discipline that applies advances in computing to drive discovery in biomedicine – at Stanford University. Chirag is now starting his own computational group in translational bioinformatics at the Harvard Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School under early investigator funding from the NIH and NSF. Since 2010, Chirag has published 40 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is an advocate of open science and software to democratize biomedical discovery.