Michael J. Becich

Chairman and Distinguished University Professor
Work Phone: 412-648-9244
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Chairman and Distinguished University Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Clinical/Translational Science, Computing/Information and Pathology
Associate Vice Chancellor for Informatics in the Health Sciences
Director, Center for Commercial Application (CCA) of Healthcare Data
Associate Director for Cancer Institute (UPCI)
Professor of Bioengineering,


Research Interests:
Research focused on the interface between clinical informatics and bioinformatics with a particular focus on translational research resources, particularly tissue banking informatics.

Current Projects:
PATH to Health


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The National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank (NMVB) is a virtual biospecimen registry designed to support and facilitate basic science, clinical, and translational research that will advance understanding of mesothelioma pathophysiology with the goal of expediting the discovery of preventive measures, novel therapeutic interventions, and ultimately, cures for mesothelioma.

The current participants in the virtual bank are University of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania, NYU Langone Medical Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and University of Maryland, Baylor College of Medicine, Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University Health System This work is funded by grant U24 OH010873 from NIOSH, NIH