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Bioinformatics and Health Equity: A Journey

The field of bioinformatics can be instrumental in addressing health inequities.

Published onAug 04, 2023
Bioinformatics and Health Equity: A Journey


Health inequities (e.g., poor air and unclean drinking water) are prevalent across the country. Quality data and interdisciplinary tools and techniques are needed to address them. The field of bioinformatics is the intersection of statistics, computer science and biomedical sciences, and bioinformatics can be instrumental in addressing health inequities. Prioritizing quality data and diverse experiences and viewpoints is key in solving complex “wicked” problems related to health inequities. Nnamdi Osakwe shares his personal journey to a career in bioinformatics, and shares his work building a framework for measuring environmental and human health outcomes for disproportionately affected communities.

Nnamdi is a bioinformatics Ph.D. student at NC State whose research focuses on using bioinformatics to study environmental health and improve health equity. Osakwe uses an interdisciplinary approach to understand the relationship between environmental exposures and human health outcomes in populations disproportionately exposed to poor environmental quality.

Bioinformatics and Health Equity: A Journey (Nnamdi C. Osakwe)

This video was originally produced for an audience of entering first-year and transfer students at NC State University as a part of an interdisciplinary experience. It is available for noncommercial reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 License,



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