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Our informatics scientists collaborate closely with other investigators and develop algorithms and software to disseminate research results to the broader community.

About Informatics

Informatics plays a key role in organizing, processing, analyzing, and interpreting the large quantity and variety of data generated in translational research. The Informatics (IFX) Core covers a wide array of expertise, including bioinformatics, multi-omics, cheminformatics, clinical informatics, data science, software engineering, UI/UX research and design, and project management. IFX Core team members collaborate extensively with informaticians embedded in other branches and cores within the Division of Preclinical Innovation (DPI)and with other colleagues across DPI to produce methodologies, resources and software for the translational research community.

IFX Core Mission

The mission of the IFX Core is to derive actionable insights from integrating translational research data and to accelerate the translation of findings into the clinic by:

  • Identifying biological and chemical mechanisms that underlie diseases, including rare diseases, and their development, drug mechanisms of action and treatment response using novel or existing methods
  • Improving use and interpretation of metabolomics and other omics datasets by developing new methods or enhancing the application of existing methods
  • Producing open, comprehensive resources to accelerate translational research efforts, spanning ingredient/drug regulatory information, target annotations, disease annotations and molecular phenotypes
  • Producing tools for the analysis and interpretation of complex high-throughput datasets
  • Developing, optimizing and testing models to prioritize targets and therapeutic opportunities, and identifying repurposed drugs through collaborations with NCATS’ DPI branches
  • Enhancing transparency and open research by adhering to user-centric and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reproducible) best practices
  • Expanding the use and understanding of informatics in translational research through workshops, training and mentoring

What We Do

Efforts within the IFX Core can be categorized into four main parts:

  • Building Standards, Knowledge Sources and Software: Integration, curation and public rendering to support analysis of various types of experimental and curated datasets
  • Translational Data Analytics: Development of custom workflows and new methodologies to help interpret complex, large-scale datasets, including multi-omic and clinical data
  • Scientific Computing Services and Research: Development, maintenance and deployment of cheminformatics and bioinformatics workflows/pipelines; web and mobile apps to disseminate our robust methods and data; bioinformatics and cheminformatics collaborative work with non-informaticians (within and beyond NCATS)
  • Metabolomics and Multi-Omics: Profiling to identify putative biomarkers and elucidate disease processes

These four components are coordinated through our governance structure and efforts where one component informs efforts in another.

See a list of select publications.

Our Team

Informatics scientists and software developers play a crucial role in NCATS translational programs and work closely with experts in other biomedical and translational research fields (biology, chemistry, epidemiology, biostatistics, etc.) within and outside NCATS. Collectively, they address the full breadth of translational science challenges, including drug development and repurposing; the development of model systems for drug and toxicity screening; and the development of comprehensive and state-of-the-art software, resources and analytical tools. To meet these broad demands, informatics scientists and software developers work cross-functionally and have a wide array of expertise. Learn about the Informatics Team. 

Dammika Nandanie Amugoda, M.S.
Dammika Nandanie Amugoda, M.S.

Curator/Research Scientist

Division of Preclinical Innovation


Djawed Bennouna
Djawed Bennouna, Pharm.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Research Scientist (Metabolomics)

Division of Preclinical Innovation


Portrait of Haley A. Chatelaine
Haley A. Chatelaine, Ph.D.

Intramural Research Training Award Postdoctoral Fellow

Division of Preclinical Innovation


Portrait of Ewy A. Mathé
Ewy A. Mathé, Ph.D.

Director of Informatics

Division of Preclinical Innovation


Portrait of Timothy K. Sheils
Timothy K. Sheils

Research Scientist

Division of Preclinical Innovation


Portrait of Qian Zhu
Qian Zhu, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

Division of Preclinical Innovation


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Last updated on July 10, 2024