Informatics Research Seminar: Omic Data in Clinical Research

March 23 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Jessica Tenenbaum, PhD
Presented from Duke University



This presentation will be a broad survey of key aspects of bioinformatics, both what the discipline includes and how it pertains to clinical care and research. Dr. Tenenbaum will give context for the somewhat elusive term “bioinformatics” in the larger field of biomedical informatics and describe various high throughput technologies that have catalyzed the development of the field, along with some general approaches to the analysis and interpretation of these high dimensionality datasets. She will address some “hot topics” in bioinformatics, including systems biology, biomarker discovery, and pharmacogenomics.


Jessica Tenenbaum is the Associate Director for Bioinformatics at the Duke Translational Medicine Institute. She facilitates translational research through coordination and support of bioinformatics infrastructure. Dr. Tenenbaum provides project management for the data storage and analysis aspects of the MURDOCK study, and contributes bioinformatics area expertise to strategic software licensing and technology partnerships for both the DTMI and the Biomarker Factory.

Dr. Tenenbaum received her PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University. Her doctoral research focused on integration and analysis of disparate “-omic” scale datasets, and mining publicly available data for insights into human disease. Other research interests include proteomics, regulatory and signaling networks, systems biology, and human-computer interaction. As a Science Policy Fellow at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, DC, she helped to organize the Roundtable on Evidence-Based Medicine and assisted in early planning stages for a workshop on health information technology.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard University, with a focus on computer science, Dr. Tenenbaum worked as a program manager at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA for six years. She first worked on the website product (later bought by Citysearch), and subsequently, on Smartphone devices in the Windows Mobile division. She also taught evening courses in computer programming through the University of Washington Extension School.