Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine


Areas of Focus


SMAB scientists pursue translational research projects that cut across scientific disciplines and institutions. Collectively, the Department hosts three interdisciplinary centers:

Center for Bioengineering and Informatics

Focuses on developing novel computational methods, biomedical devices, and healthcare information infrastructure to help combat cancer, cure diabetes, and improve clinical outcomes.

NCI Center for Modeling Cancer Development (CMCD)

Applies cancer systems biology to understand mechanisms of tumor initiation and development, as well as to develop computational tools and models to predict treatment responses. Funded by the NCI-ICBP program with the participation of Baylor College of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and the University of New Mexico.

Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Bioinformatics Research and Imaging for Neurosciences (BRAIN)

Integrates neuroscience imaging and bioinformatics with experimental neurobiology and chemical genomics to understand the causes of and find cure for neuroregeneration, particularly for Alzheimer’s disease. Founded with a gracious donation from the TT and WF Chao Family Foundation.