The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Announcing Cyberhealth Seed Grant recipients

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and the Institute for CyberScience (ICS), through the cooperation of the Tobacco CURE fund, are proud to announce the recipients of the Cyberhealth Seed Grants.


The recipients, as follow, were chosen for their innovative approaches to analyzing large datasets in order to gain insights into pressing biomedical issues:

  • Dr. Moriah Szpara and Dr. Shaun Mahony, “Mapping transcriptional control sites in human herpes simplex virus”

  • Dr. Matthew Ferrari, “A visualization platform to support measles and rubella vaccine planning”

  • Dr. Francesca Chiaromonte and Dr. Guido Cervone, “Leveraging Geographical and Social Media Informatics to Explore Novel Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data”

  • Dr. Steven Fast, “New Big Data Teaching Tool”

  • Dr. Marylyn Ritchie, “iPhenoGram: Exploring Genetic/Genomic Associations Interactively across Chromosomes for Multiple Organisms”

  • Dr. Reuben Kraft, “Big Data Sorting: Stream of Consciousness Using Labels and Language and Speech (SCULLS)”

  • Dr. Ben Allen and Dr. Scott Lindner, “Prioritization of Malaria-Vaccine Candidates using New Methods for Functional Annotation”


As part of the award, These grant recipients will have an opportunity to utilize the newly developed Millennium Science Complex (MSC) Cyberhealth space – the first bioinformatics center at Penn State with the technology to support collaborative research initiatives integrating computational modeling with biomedical research. Using seed grant funding in this space will aid these scientists in developing biomedical research capacity and resources as well as new approaches to social sciences and translational research to directly improve patient outcomes.