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Computational Medicine Program

The Computational Medicine Program was created to support innovative biomedical research programs at Johns Hopkins University.

It offers services and consulting for investigators interested in mathematical modeling of complex biological systems in health and disease. Models may be used to achieve quantitative understanding of and to generate hypotheses about disease mechanisms and treatments that can then be tested in the laboratory and/or clinic.

Our goal is to serve as a scientific resource for investigators where bioengineers, computer scientists, and physicists will help physicians and basic scientists develop computational models. We can provide consulting on: selecting the class of models that are most appropriate given the data and scientific questions at hand; guidance on how to formulate and test models; advice on implementation of computational models using different programming languages and environments, hardware considerations, and data visualization methods.

We will work as a consultancy group, offering specific experience in modeling of a variety of biological systems. The personnel consist of the faculty and staff of ICM, with initial consulting provided by Dr. Pawel Kudela. Our model capabilities currently include:

Computational Molecular Medicine – Feilim Mac Gabhann, Rachel Karchin, Joel Bader, Donald Geman
Computational Neuroscience – William S Anderson, Pawel Kudela, Srideva Sarma
Computational Cell Biology and Physiological Medicine – Raimond L. Winslow
Cardiac Electromechanics Modeling – Natalia Trayanova, Fijoy Vadakkumpadan
Biological Fluid Dynamics Modeling – Rajat Mittal, Jung-Hee Seo
Computational Anatomy – Michael Miller, Laurent Younes, Tilak Ratnananther
Agent Based Models – Joshua Epstein
Data Modeling and Machine Learning – Suchi Saria, Mauro Maggioni

We accept consultations from investigators throughout the Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Investigators are asked to submit a 1-2 page description of their research to A series of consultation meetings will then be arranged to outline the programming and research needs and to schedule the project.

Walk in Sessions
Our walk-in consultation service answers quick questions about the use of computers to simulate and study the behavior of biological systems at multiple levels. Sessions are designed to provide a quick evaluation of a clinical/translational research project’s needs or to set up a subsequent appointment to work on the project further. Consultations are offered each Friday between 10 am – 4 pm in Hackerman 316D (Homewood Campus).