Allison Heath, PhD

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 is also responsible for the supervision of the research and software development team that performs basic and applied research in data intensive computing, bioinformatics, cloud computing, and related areas. Allison’s research is focused on computing systems and algorithms tailored for data intensive science, specifically with applications to genomics.

Prior to joining CHOP in January of 2017, Allison was the Director of Research at the Center for Data Intensive Science of the University of Chicago.  She provided technical leadership on a number of collaborative and 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.