Research Computing (RC) provides information technology systems and services that support the research mission of Harvard Medical School investigators and research affiliates.

Expert Consultation:

Research Computing works collaboratively with researchers to identify, design, and deliver a wide range of technological solutions at the ever-changing forefront of biomedical research.  In partnership with HMS IT, HMS Core Facilities, and your local IT Support, we design and provide valued, sustainable, and well-supported services to meet research needs. 

  • Research Computing- Provide computational and scientific expertise to researchers at all levels of experience, helping them identify strategies for computational research, access software and hardware resources, and effectively use those resources.
  • Research Data Management- Planning, organization, and management of research data throughout the data lifecycle, including the effective use of available storage resources. 
  • Research IT Solutions Consulting- Innovative technology solutions to help drive research at the lab, department, or campus level. 
  • Image Management Consulting- Advice on how best to use the existing resources at HMS including file storage, computation, data transfer tools, and data sharing. 


Support for Research-focused Infrastructure

Research-specific Software

  • High Performance Computing Software- Extensive research software tools are available in a Linux environment - including open source and some commercially licensed applications – as well as some research-focused desktop software.

Specialized Research IT Services

  • Resources and support for research data transfers
  • Solutions for supplemental data publication.
  • Bare-metal backup for device connected computers.


William Barnett, Sr. Director, Research Computing: wbarnett@hms.harvard.ediu

Amir Karger, Associate Director, Research Computing:

Mason Miranda, Director, Research IT Solutions: