Interdisciplinary Activities

Our faculty members participate in a wide range of interdisciplinary activities with other Duke units, spanning multiple schools and departments. We also are heavily engaged in collaborative activities outside of Duke. Examples of these key areas of collaboration include:

Health and Medicine

  • Cancer genomics, e.g., cancer risk modeling, cancer epidemiology, pathways and networks
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Epidemiology
  • Gene and protein expression analysis, molecular phenotyping, and large-scale genetic profiling in clinical studies
  • Health policy and outcomes
  • Molecular and microbial ecology
  • Protein structure prediction
  • Radiogenomics and medical imaging

Social, Economic, and Behavioral Sciences

  • Data privacy and confidentiality
  • Economic and financial time series
  • Forensic analysis
  • Homeland defense
  • Political science
  • Risk assessment and fairness in policy decisions
  • Social networks
  • Text analysis

Computing, Natural and Engineering Sciences

  • Astronomy and cosmology
  • Computational biology, ecology, physics
  • Computer simulation/numerical modeling in hydrology, volcano behavior, transportation, manufacturing, engineering
  • Data linkage
  • Evolutionary anthropology
  • High energy physics
  • Machine learning
  • Mathematics, including geometry, harmonic analysis, probability
  • Neuroscience
  • Signal processing/communications

Environmental and Ecological Sciences

  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Climate modeling
  • Ecological forecasting, biodiversity/abundance
  • Environmental pollutant modeling, monitoring and assessment
  • Human exposure to environmental toxicants
  • Spatial analysis and imaging

Educational Activities

  • Coordination with other units on course work and degree programs
  • Development of teaching materials for introductory courses
  • Participation in cross-departmental training grants