Using big data to tackle big questions about life on Earth.
With nearly 40 million items in our collections at the Field, we have a wealth of information about the natural world—from how Earth formed to how plants and animals are evolving today. But harnessing all that data can be a daunting and time-consuming task.
This is where the Grainger Bioinformatics Center comes in. Through this collaborative effort, we provide the computing power and data analysis to answer questions that seemed impossible in the past. Using computer science methods like DNA and genome analyses, pattern recognition, and machine learning to tap into collections data, we can unlock information that’s hidden in plain sight.
Felix Grewe and Rick Ree are the directors of the Grainger Bioinformatics Center.
The Grainger Bioinformatics Center is made possible through the generous support of The Grainger Foundation.