Staff Profile: Olga Brazhnik

Olga Brazhnik, Ph.D.

Program Director/Computer Scientist

Division of Clinical Innovation

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Olga Brazhnik is a program director and computer scientist with Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants and contracts.

Brazhnik received her Ph.D. in physics from Moscow State University in Russia, where she developed theoretical and computational methods and knowledge bases for biology and medicine. In 1993, she was awarded a research grant and went to work at the James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago before moving to a job at Virginia Tech. After her search for data and knowledge integration technologies had led her into the professional information technology (IT) world, Brazhnik created bioinformatics databases at the newly established Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and was the chief database architect on epidemic outbreak surveillance projects and real-time integration of clinical systems for the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General’s Office.

Brazhnik joined NIH in 2004. In the Office of the Chief IT Architect and the National Center for Research Resources, she facilitated the adoption of innovative approaches to developing data-intensive biomedical computing, collaborative technologies, health informatics, data and knowledge integration, modeling, and visualization. She also led numerous trans-NIH initiatives and organized Crowdsourcing: The Art and Science of Open Innovation in 2011 and Wiki Fair in 2007. She joined NCATS at its inception and directed the SBIR program in its first year. As a volunteer, Brazhnik leads the NIH recreational volleyball team and the NIH Conscious Dancer Club.

Professional Interests

Brazhnik leads activities in informatics with a focus on data and knowledge modeling, integration and visualization.

Selected Publications

  1. 1Anatomy of Data Integration
  2. Databases and the Geometry of Knowledge
  3. Databases and Visualization for Metabolomics
  4. Assessing the Public Image of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program through Analysis of Publications
  5. Multidimensional Visual Tool for Analysis of a Complex Program in Clinical & Translational Research