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Welcome to the website for the University of Missouri Institute for Data Science & Informatics (MUIDSI).

Welcome to MUIDSI

Check back frequently as we spread the word of our great interdisciplinary informatics program, highlighting our students’ success, alumni news, and research collaborations with numerous faculty and departments here on the MU campus and throughout the country.


A Message from the Director

The content you will find on this website focuses on our aggressive research strategic plans in four areas: Big Data Analytics, Translational Biomedical Informatics, Precision Agriculture and Medicine, and One Health Informatics. We believe informatics and data analytics offer key solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges in healthcare and food for the future.

If you are prospective students, please feel free to contact me and our leadership/administrative team for more information on the application process. We are always looking for top-notch students to join our fantastic faculty labs and centers.  If you are seeking tenure-track faculty positions with MUII and partnering academic units, we have a strong track record mentoring junior faculty with NSF CAREER program and NIH K awards through our interdisciplinary research network.

It is my honor to work with such talented faculty, students, alumni, and staff, as well as all the outstanding people associated with and supporting MU Informatics Institute.

No bias – Informatics rules!

Chi-Ren Shyu, Ph.D.
Director, Informatics Institute Paul K. and Dianne Shumaker Endowed Professor

Cutting-Edge Research

Established in 2008, MUIDSI has led the way in cutting edge informatics research.

We host 44 core faculty members from 17 departments and 8 colleges/schools that support our unique interdisciplinary doctoral degree program with emphasis/concentration areas in bioinformatics, health informatics, and geoinformatics.

As of Fall 2019, we will have 42 doctoral students in the program, with various backgrounds in biology, computer science, engineering, geography, medicine, management, and public health.  Our faculty and students conduct active informatics research with extramural funding from the NIH, NSF, AHRQ, USDA, CMS, US Department of Education, and other industry sponsors.

MUIDSI has one of the 16 NIH BD2K institutional pre-doctoral training sites in the country. Our graduates report a 100% placement rate, holding positions as ranked faculty and postdocs in academia, as well as researchers at National Laboratories and private sectors in business and industry. In addition to our PhD program, the Institute also hosts a newly approved Masters Degree in Data Science and Analytics.


Our Mission: Overview

Building on a tradition of outstanding informatics education and research at Missouri, the MU Informatics Institute is an interdisciplinary research and education program supported by 44 core faculty members from 17 departments and 8 colleges/schools, such as:

  • College of Engineering, School of Medicine
  • Sinclair School of Nursing, College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Agriculture
  • Food & Natural Resources
  • School of Health Professionals
  • College of Education

The Institute, under the governance of the Graduate School, offers a doctoral degree program in the areas of bioinformatics, health informatics, and geoinformatics. Each concentration stresses the skill sets and research appropriate for the subfield within the broad area of informatics.


Our Mission: Components

Our mission has three components: education, research, and outreach. To have a global impact in advancing computational research in biology and medicine, the stakeholders across the University of Missouri System believe it is critical to the mission of the university and the development of the community to offer a doctoral program in informatics, build an international-level research program, and provide service to scientific communities for informatics needs.


  • Providing an interdisciplinary training environment that leverages the unique strengths of the Columbia campus and other University of Missouri campuses.
  • Providing students with the core competencies and research skills to be productive and independent investigators in academia, industry, and public research institutions.
  • Meeting informatics workforce needs in research within the State of Missouri, the Midwest region, and at the national and international levels.


  • Building teams of faculty members and professionals to foster main informatics research thrusts.
  • Developing signature informatics research programs to seamlessly align with the local and international research trends in life sciences, geospatial sciences, and medicine.
  • Producing high impact informatics research in the forms of, extramural funding, publication, and international recognitions.


  • Partnering and sharing informatics resources with other campuses of the University of Missouri System, regional partners, and worldwide collaborators.
  • Disseminating informatics tools, providing web servers for advanced informatics analyses/search, and making research results/data available for others.
  • Supporting entrepreneurial activities to develop high tech industry in the region.