In The News
Science Node

Given its expeditionary namesake, it's only appropriate that Beagle -- the University of Chicago's supercomputer for biomedical research -- works with data from all around the world. But a recent project may qualify as the farthest-traveling data yet, as the HPC resource was used in a new genomic study of populations living in the Himalayan mountain range. 

Narayanan "Bobby" Kasthuri, Argonne & UChicago
March 10, 2016
Searle 240 & Webcast

Abstract:  The Kasthuri lab is pioneering new techniques for large volume reconstructions of the fine structure of the nervous system – ‘connectomics’.

Press Release

Navipoint Genomics and Praedictus Climate Solutions, two companies launched by CI researchers at Globus and the Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCDP), received funding in the latest round of the University of Chicago Innovation Fund.

Chris Johnson, University of Utah
October 26, 2015
Searle 240A

Speaker: Chris Johnson, Ph.D., Director, Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute, Distinguished Professor, School of Computing, University of Utah

Research Project

Beagle is a Cray XE6 supercomputer dedicated to biomedical research, funded by the NIH, owned by the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division, and operated by the Computation Institute.

Press Release

For three years, the Beagle supercomputer has driven University of Chicago biology and medical research into new computational territories, fueling groundbreaking research in genomics, drug design, and personalized medicine. Now, with a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, UChicago’s high-performance computing resource for biomedical research is ready for an upgrade that will enable the next wave of pioneering discoveries.

Nancy Cox, University of Chicago; Paul Davé & Alex Rodriguez, Globus Genomics
November 19, 2014
University of Chicago, Searle 240, 5735 S. Ellis Ave., broadcast via Adobe Connect


Christopher Mason, Weill Cornell Medical College
April 14, 2014
University of Chicago, Searle 240A

Integrative genomics meets big data: from single-cell, clonal analysis of tumor evolution to city-wide, personalized genome profiling

In The News

The completion of the Human Genome Project in 2000 was heralded by its leaders as a landmark event not just for biology, but for the practice of medicine as well. But 14 years later, few applications of genomics have made their way from the laboratory to the clinic. In a story for Reuters, reporter Julie Steenhuysen takes a look at some early signs that the promise of genomic medicine may finally be realized -- for a few diseases, at least.

Press Release

Although the time and cost of sequencing an entire human genome has plummeted, analyzing the resulting three billion base pairs of genetic information from a single genome can take many months. In the journal Bioinformatics, however, a University of Chicago-based team—working with Beagle, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers devoted to life sciences—reports that genome analysis can be radically accelerated. This computer, based at Argonne National Laboratory, is able to analyze 240 full genomes in about two days.