Biomedical Informatics (CMBI)

Directors: Leslie McIntosh, PhD, MPH
Manager: Mary Uhlmansiek

Phone: (314) 362-8853

Location: Cortex Building, Suite 302


The Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI) offers services and software tools to facilitate biomedical research. These tools allow investigators to store, integrate, query, analyze, and visualize complex clinical and molecular data sets. The CBMI provides comprehensive training resources and facilitates collaborative studies for the identification of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers and the subsequent development of personalized therapies. The CBMI focuses on Biomedical Informatics (BMI) as a facilitator of a broad range of research projects and their application to evidence-based changes in the treatment and management of patients.


Service available to: All entities, including for-profit organization

Priority service given to: Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, Siteman Cancer Center, and Washington University Kennedy Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research Center members.


The Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI) offers a large variety of advanced technologies and services for working with biomedical data. CBMI provides services and tools to WU researchers and their collaborators across the world, with priority given to WU ICTS and SCC members. CBMI services are also available to for-profit organizations on a chargeback basis. Specific services include:

  • Acquiring EHR Data
  • EHR Data Mining
  • Biospecimen Management
  • Clinical Study Data Management
  • Genomic Data Analysis
  • Data Storage and Infrastructure as a Service
  • Custom Projects


The CBMI offers convenience, state of the art infrastructure and security with all its services.

  • We host several web-based informatics tools, including the following: OpenSpeciment and BioMS (biospeciment inventory management), ClinPortal and REDCap (clinical study data management), CIDER (EHR data mining), TriNetX (EHR-based patient cohort searches).
  • Multiple servers are available to store, serve, and back up clinical, genomic, and annotation data. Server filesystem, database, and workstation backups are handled directly by CBMI’s systems and database administrators.
  • The CBMI’s LAN is secured within the Washington University Clinical Operations Network (WUCON), a hardware-based, redundant firewalled network with failover capability. CBMI’s LAN operates at Gigabit speeds.
  • Network security is enforced by MSCITS, which oversees over 12,000+ users, 17,000+ end points, petabytes of data, and over 1,000 servers.