The Health Data Warehouse
A collaboration between Lehigh University’s College of Health and Lehigh Business, the Health Data Warehouse will serve as an invaluable resource for faculty and students engaged in health research across the university. Through partnerships with entities in industry, government, nonprofits, and academia in the worlds of health and health care, the Health Data Warehouse will build a substantial repository of data and then curate the data to make it useful and accessible for research.
The Health Data Warehouse will include data, from cell to society, that will allow investigators to develop key insights into the determinants of health and develop innovative solutions to benefit the health of the population.
Modern techniques in molecular biology, including -omic analyses, have opened new avenues for examining the cellular and molecular determinants of health. The Biospecimen Repository of the Health Data Warehouse will enable human biospecimen collection and processing, and subsequent storage and analysis of biological markers for research in precision medicine. The HST building will incorporate a tissue processing laboratory and freezer room for mechanical and liquid nitrogen freezers to accommodate scalable collection of biospecimens for population health research. The biospecimen repository will be a key resource to support the cohort studies and the implementation of analyzing multiple integrated -omic assays combined with self-reported and electronically ascertained health information (claims and electronic health records).
The Artificial Intelligence and Data Visualization Laboratory
The Artificial Intelligence and Data Visualization Laboratory (AI/DV) will occupy 700+ square feet in the HST building. In support of the research and teaching missions of the College of Health, the Artificial Intelligence and Data Visualization Lab will showcase technologies for faculty and student researchers and their external partners. As technology advances, the AI/DV lab will develop training and consulting services to disseminate information about new tools, support integration of new technologies into coursework and facilitate partnerships that link faculty and students with external resources for new and useful tools.
Virtual Reality Lab
Survey Research Laboratory
The HST building will include space for primary data collection from focus groups, face-to-face technology-assisted interviews, and remote data collection via telephone or internet conferencing. These resources will serve faculty, students, and project staff for rigorous qualitative, mixed-methods, and quantitative survey-based data collection.
Community Partnership Engagement Space
The HST building will have dedicated community space to allow community partners and members to interact with faculty, students, staff and partners. The grounds of the HST building will support community gardens as a way to bring fresh produce to local residents. The College of Health is committed to improving the health of our community through partnerships with nonprofits, healthcare providers, community leaders, and local businesses
Open Plan Wet and Dry Lab Space
Flexible, open laboratories accommodate immediate expansion and contraction of research groups with minimal disruption. The open lab zones house wet programs for chemistry and chemical engineering; damp labs for life science research; and dry zones for prototyping and fabrication. The lab zones are situated adjacent to the computational research labs within the building’s open office work area.