What is Translational Science?

Translational science breaks down traditional silos between discreet disciplines of science empowering innovation. On the front lines of this emerging field, TISC applies these varied disciplines to the study of the data encoded on phenotypes to unlock new understanding and amplify discovery in areas such as rare disease diagnosis in both plants and humans, accelerated cancer research, coping with climate change, and current pressing issues like COVID-19 and other viral threats.


Translational Science Diagram

Integration is difficult

Our Research

TISC is unique in that it focuses on unifying data across sources, disciplines and forms to make them informative for new kinds of translational questions. It brings together people and their data across extremely diverse disciplinary divides, leading advances in science that aim to:

  • Cope with Climate Change
  • Facilitate knowledge discovery for Covid-19
  • Improve Rare Disease Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Accelerate Cancer Research
  • Promote Healthy Lifestyles
This means that the research done in TISC depends upon partnership and collaboration, across multiple disciplines both within the College of Agricultural Sciences and in other areas such as the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Chief Technology Office.

Join Us

Whether you are a scientist looking to step into an emerging field with your data, an organization interested in investing in this work, or if you are simply curious and would like to stay informed about how translational science will evolve, we welcome your partnership. We work with leading scientists around the world and are funded by large national grants and institutions with new discoveries emerging every day. Contact us today to learn more.

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