Robert Grossman, PhD Named Frederick H. Rawson Professor

November 13, 2016

Ronald Cohen,MD

Robert Grossman,PhD, Professor of Medicine and Co-Chief Section of Computational Biomedicine and Biomedical Data Science has been named  the Frederick H. Rawson Professor effective January 1, 2017. Dr. Grossman  is an expert in data intensive computing and its applications to biology, medicine and healthcare. His research focuses on bioinformatics, data science, and data intensive computing. Dr. Grossman currently serves as Co- PI of the NCI Genomics Data Commons.

Dr. Grossman received his BA in mathematics from Harvard University in 1980 and his PhD in applied mathematics from Princeton University in 1985. In 2010, Dr. Grossman joined the Department of Medicine as a professor of medicine in the Section of Genetic Medicine , and in 2011, he became the chief research informatics officer for the Biological Sciences Division. He is a core faculty and senior fellow in the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology and in the Computation Institute and the Founder and Director of the Center for Data Intensive Science.  

In 2010, Dr. Grossman started the Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC), which is a cloud-based infrastructure that enables researchers to host, explore, integrate and analyze large datasets. The OSDC is managed and operated by an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission of providing researchers with tools and infrastructure they need to make discoveries from large datasets. From 2011-2013, Dr. Grossman worked with colleagues in the Center for Research Informatics (CRI) to develop the BSD Clinical Research Data Warehouse (CRDW), so that researchers would have easier access to clinical data.

Dr. Grossman is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also the recipient of  a 2013 Federal 100 Award for his contributions to federal agencies in the area of big data, cloud computing and cybersecurity. In 2011, he was named a University of Chicago Pritzker Scholar.