Rohit joined the Human Immune Monitoring Center (HIMC) three years ago in order to lead a specimen processing and biobanking group with the HIMC. He saw the need for a detailed online database to track specimen inventory and found an open source biobanking software which he customized to meet the needs of the department.
He worked with the software developers and did his own coding and testing. He further supervised the migration of all specimen data into the new system, a move which was preceded by a massive physical re-cataloging of tens of thousands of banked vials to ensure accuracy of the information transferred.
While this created a state-of-the-art system, Rohit's most innovative initiative was to create his own online query tool for the biobank database. This elegant website (biobank.stanford.edu) allows investigators to get instant summary reports on their inventory, as well as to design custom queries for samples based on clinical, demographic or other criteria.
Rohit is now leading an effort to link this system further to laboratory data, to allow searches for lab data associated with particular specimens. This type of system is unmatched anywhere in the research world. Rohit's vision for the Biobank group, together with his hands on approach, programming skills, and keen design sense, have created a truly innovative online tool that is furthering Stanford immunology research.