I'm pleased to announce that we've recently been funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) along with Steve Ramsey (Oregon State). Co-PI subawardees include Eric Deutsch (ISB), and Arnab Nandi (Ohio State).

The grant is to build a Biomedical Translator, which is a software system that connects various distributed databases of biomedical knowledge and that has the capability to “reason” over these knowledge sources to answer various types of questions, such as:

  • "How does atorvastatin protect against heart attacks?"
  • "What genetic conditions might be protective against malaria?"
  • "What genes are known to be associated with liver cancer?"

More information about NCATS vision for this project can be found here.

I will be in charge of the reasoning and inference component which utilizes Markov chains and a variety of other machine learning algorithms.