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Ian Brooks

Director, Health Sciences Group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Adjunct Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

As director of the Health Sciences Group, Ian Brooks works to bring high-performance computing and the computational expertise of NCSA to the biomedical and public health fields. Brooks has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and a strong record of research and professional experience. Prior to joining NCSA, Brooks worked as a research scientist at SmithKline Beecham, where he published his research in areas including HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's disease and heart disease. He then headed the life sciences and statistics groups at the technical software company Wolfram Research, the makers of Mathematica. He has been developing software systems for biomedical data management and analysis for biomedical communities for almost 20 years. His projects at NCSA include developing cyberenvironments for infectious disease surveillance, modeling and response; endemic disease control; patient safety; and translational research. He is a member of the Centers for Disease Control's High Performance Computing External Advisory Committee and has recently been working with CDC to develop publicly accessible Web resources to map the global risk of malaria and other endemic diseases.

Office: 4040 NCSA
Phone: (217) 333-6080

Students and staff who have worked with the group


  • Surabhi Rao - CS and Statistics
  • Matthew Vaughan
  • Tirso Gamboa - Graphic Design
  • Maggie Kent - Advertising


  • Catherine Coleman - Communications Ph.D.
  • Hoon Kim - Computer Science
  • Michelle Hinn - Educational Psychology
  • Sheethal Katta - Labor and Employment Relations
  • Marcela Musgrove - Information Science


  • Ian Brooks, Ph.D.
  • Andrew Wadsworth, Ph.D.


  • Bernie A'cs
  • Federico Bassetti
  • Wendy Edwards
  • Mario Felarca
  • Anand Padmanabhan, Ph.D.
  • Tom Redman
  • Alex Yahja, Ph.D.