Director of Data Technology and Innovation
Center for Data Driven Discovery in Biomedicine
Allison Heath is the Director of Data Technology and Innovation responsible for providing technical and collaborative leadership to build platforms for data-driven discovery that span across both research and operational efforts. She provides supervision of the data products and platforms team which performs basic and applied research in data intensive computing, bioinformatics, cloud computing, and related areas. Since joining CHOP in 2017, Allison and her team have been working on solving big data challenges in the unique context of pediatric diseases, including leading the development of the Kids First Data Resource Center (DRC).
Prior to joining CHOP, Allison was the Director of Research at the Center for Data Intensive Science of the University of Chicago. In this position, she led a several large-scale data-intensive projects, including the NCI Genomic Data Commons, the Open Science Data Cloud, and the Bionimbus Protected Data Cloud.
Allison completed BS, MS, and PhD degree programs in Computer Science at Rice University in Houston, TX. She is committed to accelerating discovery and translational research by democratizing data access and analysis.