Internal R&D Collaborations

The School of Applied Computational Sciences is providing technical support, resources and expertise to the following cutting-edge research and development projects at Meharry. The discovery made and the novel technologies developed are serving society in many ways, such as advancing health outcomes, precision medicine, and understanding COVID-19 health disparities.

To learn about partnering with us and to request a consulting service, contact Dr. Ashutosh Singhal, chief data officer and associate vice-president, EDA and assistant professor, biomedical data science at

Recent Collaborations

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Cao receives $2.2 million grant to support maternal health care for underserved women with SUD

Aize Cao, Ph.D., receives 2.2 million grant to receives $2.2 million HRSA grant to develop a comprehensive data analytics infrastructure model to support maternal health care for underserved women with substance use disorders.

Vibhuti Gupta, Ph.D.

Gupta receives grant to advance trustworthy and ethical AI in health care

Thanks to funding from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIHHD), Vibhuti Gupta, Ph.D., will lead a team to both identify AI biases and educate others in ethical and responsible AI.

data science health equity research

HRSA grant funds supercomputer cluster for Meharry

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded Meharry School of Applied Computational Science $1 million to fund a supercomputer cluster to support student- and faculty-specialized genomics research.

driving biomedical research at Meharry

Grant to support SACS and RCMI research on health disparities

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has awarded the School of Applied Computational Sciences (SACS) a RCMI supplement grant of $363,750.

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SACS Research and Development team hits major milestone with data refresh

SACS Research and Development recently hit a major milestone in its support of the Clinical and Translational Research Center’s data refreshes for the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet).

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SACS supercomputer to power research and education across Meharry

With the supercomputer addition to the data resources of the School of Applied Computational Sciences, Meharry Medical College is positioned to take a giant step forward in improving clinical care, innovative research and health care education.

The role of circRNAs in prostate cancer malignancy and disparities

Zhenbang Chen, Ph.D., associate professor, biochemistry and cancer biology, School of Medicine
Vibhuti Gupta, Ph,D., assistant professor, computer science and data science

In this pilot project, Dr. Chen and Dr. Gupta plan to used data mining and molecular biology to investigate the role of circular RNAs (circRNAs) including the circular KDM5B (circKDM5B), a circular RNA form derived from KDM5B gene, on PCa malignancy and disparities. Their goals were to provide new mechanistic insights into castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) malignancy and a dataset and clues on the development of novel approaches for treating CRPC to reduce prostrate cancer disparities.

We collaborate with our colleagues at Meharry Medical College as well as businesses and organizations in the health care and technology communities in Nashville and beyond.