Quantitative empirical observations and their mathematically guided interpretation have a long tradition in nearly all branches of the life sciences. They have led sixteenth’s William Harvey to discover the circulation of blood, John Snow to discover the transmission of cholera, and Gregor Mendel and his successors to discover the statistical patterns within the inheritance of physiological traits.
Far from given, data remains as important today as it was in the past – with personalized medicine, quantitative biology, and digital healthcare being some of the domains that we cherish at Northwestern.
We believe that modern life sciences and data science go hand in hand. Data science in the life sciences at Northwestern profits from state-of-the-art computational resources, and the close proximity of engineers, biologists, and physicians. Likewise we support the adoption of data science within all branches of the life sciences.
Northwestern scholars are the the forefront of all of these efforts. Below, you can read about their discoveries.