Computational biology researchers in the Galas Lab at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI) have developed a new approach to data analysis. Our groundbreaking information theory method is capable of analyzing tens of thousands of variables simultaneously — something that, until now, was impossible.
So far, PNRI researchers are the only ones who know how to apply their proprietary method, but that is about to change. In 2015, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offered a grant for the Galas Lab to use the new approach to analyze large sets of childhood development data collected from around the world. Beyond our pioneering analysis of billions of bits of data, PNRI researchers will also use the grant to develop software that will make it accessible to analysts in other fields.