There are 11 MBDH teams that have been created around the initial themes and activity areas for the Midwest BD Hub.

If you are interested in joining one of these groups, please contact the lead below. If you have general questions, please contact

There are several thematic communities mobilizing to address priority areas identified for our region; in addition, there are working groups addressing issues that cut across the themes.

Lead: Shashi Shekhar (Minnesota-Twin Cities)
Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Bioinformatics, Genomics
Lead: Brian Athey (Michigan)
Smart and Resilient Communities
Lead: open
Digital Agriculture (precision farming, sustainability, …)
Lead: Carolyn Lawrence-Dill (Iowa State)
Read more about the MBDH Digital Agriculture Community
Advanced Manufacturing
Lead: Jim Barkley (Ekta)
Network Sciences
Lead: Bernice A. Pescosolido (Indiana)
Lead: Carol Flannagan (Michigan)
Business Analytics
Lead: Ratna Babu Chinnam (Wayne State)

Working Groups:

Cybersecurity and Big Data
Leads: Yong Wang (Dakota State University) and Alex Withers (NCSA)
Data Science Education
Lead: Lior Shamir (Lawrence Technological University)
Cross-Hub Cyberinfrastructure Working Group