Brian D. Athey, Ph.D.

Brian D. Athey Ph.D.

Michael A. Savageau Collegiate Professor
Chair, Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics (DCM&B)
Professor of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine
University of Michigan, Medical School
Co-director, Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS)




2017 Palmer Commons
100 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2218


Brian D. Athey, Ph.D. is the Michael A. Savageau Collegiate Professor and Inaugural Chair of the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is also a Professor of Psychiatry and of Internal Medicine. He is the founding Principal Investigator of the NIH National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics (NCIBI), one of eight NIH National Biomedical Computing Centers. Brian also serves as CSO of the tranSMART Foundation, an emerging US and EU consortium to create and support an open data sharing, platform, and analytic software “Apps Store” to accelerate clinical and translational research. Brian has served as the Biomedical Informatics Core Director of Michigan’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), and was Associate Director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR). Brian has served as Director of Academic Informatics for the Medical School. Brian is an active teacher and mentor, being the Principal Investigator of the U-M NIH/NIGMS Bioinformatics Training Grant; he has trained more than 20 Ph.D. students and Post-Doctoral Fellows.

Brian led the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Next-Generation Internet (NGI) Visible Human Project and the DARPA Virtual Soldier Project. He has over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and proceedings, ranging from bioinformatics, metabolomics, computational biology, optical imaging, and grid computing. Brian is a highly sought after speaker, having given over 150 invited talks, plenary lectures, and keynote presentations; and he has been honored with several awards for his work. He has served as a special advisor to the CIO of the NIH and to the DARPA Defense Science Office (DSO). Brian is a founder and member of the Scientific Advisory Board Chairman of the 1Mind4Research, an emerging neuroscience Public Private Partnership working to help returning veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) . He is also a founding member and former Board Chairman of the non-profit Scientists & Engineers of America (SEA), based in Washington, D.C. Brian received his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology (Biophysics concentration) from the University of Michigan, where he and collaborators were the first to propose the double helical ‘crossed-linker’ for chromatin structure. His is still a very active researcher in the field chromatin structure, function, and dynamics.

Research Area: 
Biophysics, Structural & Chemical Informatics
Clinical and Biomedical Informatics
Proteomics and Metabolomics
Statistical and Bioinformatics Applications and Software