Informatics Research Seminar: Computational Systems in Biomedical and Biotechnology Research

September 21 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Chantel Nicolas, PhD
Presented from NCCU

Broadcast Link: Seminar



This presentation will provide an overview of the use of computational systems and analytics in research. Chantel Nicolas, PhD, will focus on examples in biomedical and biotechnology research at the Julius L. Chamber Biomedical and Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI). Her examples of the use of data will show how research can impact and change health care and knowledge of diseases. Her work illustrates how reproducible quantitative analyses of complex data is related to and impacts human health. She will also provide an overview of the health research at the BBRI and how scientists benefit from data analysis and can be involved in the design of computational systems. Going from biology research to applied health sciences can be a special journey.


Dr. Chantel Nicolas has her PhD in chemistry from Atlanta Clark University. In January, 2016 she completed a post-doc at the Environmental Protection Agency in the Research Triangle Park where she worked on projects to understand better chemical exposures and drug dosage parameters. She did computational work to predict key parameters for near-field chemical exposure prediction models and designed a quantitative model for understanding anomalous occurrences in high throughput in vitro screen data. Chantel is currently working as a staff scientist at the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical and Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI) at NC Central University in Durham, NC. She uses her multidisciplinary research experience in computational modeling to support research and data analysis related to healthcare disparities.

She received her Bacherlor’s degree in Chemistry from Columbia University in 2007. Dr Nicholas did additional research at Fairleigh Dickinson University on the regulation of collagen, elastin, and heat shock proteins by caffeic acid and conducted in-vitro testing on antioxidant activity on polyphenols in the extracellular matrix. Her 2013 dissertation was on tuning the electronic properties of carbon-based nanohybrid materials.