About Research IT


Research IT exists to supply infrastructure, tools, and services used by researchers, patients/participants, and clinicians to collect and combine data to make discoveries and to improve human health and wellness.


We are a dedicated group of engineers and research support professionals with a multi-disciplinary background. Many of us have been with Stanford for over a decade. We are passionate about what we do and are excited to participate in your biomedical research endeavors.

Many members of the Research IT team were on the founding team of Stanford Center for Clinical Informatics (SCCI) under Prof. Henry Lowe, Director of SCCI. STRIDE (Stanford Translational Research Integrated Database Environment)was developed under Dr. Lowe's mentorship. We have been building solutions for handling clinical and health-related data since 2008. SCCI became Research IT in 2017 and has undergone the following reorganizations since:

  • In Sep 2017, our clinical data vending team (aka Honest Broker service) became part of Research Informatics Center. While Research IT continues to serve Honest Broker role from time to time, our primary focus is infrastucture and software development. 
  • In Sep, 2019, we became of the unified IT at SoM and SHC,  Stanford Medicine Technology & Digital Solutions. The Research IT staff members are now employees and contractors of Stanford Health Care. 

Faculty Advisory Committee


Research IT's work is governed by a Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC). The co-chairs of this committee are the Sr. Associate Dean of Research (Dr. Ruth O'Hara), Research IT's department head (Michael Halaas) and Associate Dean of Research, and Stanford CTSA's Director of Informatics (Nigam Shah). The Sr. Associate Dean of Research requests participation of faculty members in the FAC.

The FAC has 12-20 members, and have many roles, they prioritize key infrastucture projects for Research IT, provide subject matter expertise and guidance as needed. The FAC meets periodically in any  fiscal year and provides feedback on Research IT's roadmap and direction. 

FAC co-chairs

Senior Associate Dean, Research and Lowell W. and Josephine Q. Berry Professor of Psychiatry and Bhavioral Sciene

Michael Halaas, Deputy CIO, Technology & Digital Solutions, Stanford Medicine, Associate Dean of Industry Relations and Digital Health 

Nigam Shah, MBBS, PhD is Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) and of Biomedical Data Science