University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

About Translational Informatics

Translational Informatics Services at UCSF

Translational Informatics Team

The Translational Informatics program at UCSF develops and supports informatics applications and shared informatics resources. Many UCSF programs and cores have projects requiring sophisticated informatics solutions, including tissue and specimen tracking, related clinical and patient follow-up information, clinical trials data management, and biomedical informatics based metadata management.

The specific aims of the Translational Informatics program are to develop, deploy, and maintain data systems and applications to directly support all clinical, biomedical and translational research goals. TI maintains and develops data management systems that span a range of users, from individual investigators, to individual programs within the Cancer Center, and to the University as a whole. TI works with researchers, other Cores, and the entire University to fulfill its goals with the ability to provide customizable informatics solutions for all data needs, and pays special attention to providing first rate data consultation services.

Special Capabilities:

  • Access, training, and management of Clinical Software Tools
  • Access, training, and management of Biomedical Software Tools
  • Provide access to Clinical and Biomedical Data for Research Integration
  • Research Data Management Solutions including access to High Performance Compute Cluster and allocated software, Pathway analysis and management tools (IPA, GeneSpringGX), and design of Data Collection Models
  • Biospecimen Data Management
  • Custom Research Software Development including user interfaces
  • Oversee and provide guidance for Research Data Privacy, Security, and Quality Control
  • Standardize and Harmonize Data Collection Vocabularies and Common Data Elements
  • Maintenance of databases, Patient centric data-warehouse, and associated web sites
  • Custom data services and consultation support involving specific programming expertise for specialized databases and LIMS
  • Provide Biomedical and Clinical Research Informatics domain expertise in support of projects, grants, and the preparation of manuscripts and presentations using study data.

Facility Location and Staff

Translational Informatics Shared Resource
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
2340 Sutter Street N-314, San Francisco, CA 94115

Box 0875, San Francisco, CA 94143-0875


For more information about Translational Informatics, please contact Thomas Cunningham, Director of Finance and Operations.

Additional Resources
A searchable database of core facilities at all UCSF campus locations, provided by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UCSF, is available here.

This unit is supported by a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant (5P30CA082103). Any publications related to work done by this core should reference grant number 5P30CA082103 and must include a PMCID as required by the NIH. For complete instructions on how to acknowledge funding sources, please see For more information on how to obtain a PMCID, please see

For more information on the CCSG, please contact Erin Bank, PhD, at