"Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on us to give them a voice."


BDS sits at the nexus of Stanford's entrepreneurial culture.

The Department of Biomedical Data Science sits at the nexus of Stanford’s entrepreneurial culture: cross-disciplinary interests and a collaborative approach generate a prime incubation environment for innovative thought, processes, and systems.

Part of the front that we are pushing with big data is developing techniques and leveraging computational advances to perform analyses that are beyond the capabilities of the human brain, because the data sets are too large and the relationships between things in the data are too obscure for the human brain to recognize as a meaningful pattern. By teasing out these patterns more easily, we can target specific areas for disease research.

And because of our larger academic and professional community, we are able to put what we discover into trials and then practice, partnering with other Stanford, industry, and governmental entities.


EXPLORE the cool analytical, research, and educational tools we use to harness big data and improve health care for all:

Research Informatics Center (RIC)

Clinical informatics services for the School of Medicine

Data Studio

In-depth consultations for researchers

BDS Courses

Study with experts in the field

Workshop in Biostatistics

Statistical techniques for solving current problems

Bioinformatics Training Program

Interdisciplinary graduate + postdoctoral training

Clinical Science Data Fellowships

For PhDs & MDs bridging data science + medicine