01_ What we do

The Center for Biomedical Blockchain Research was established to lead the efforts within Mount Sinai for the exploration and application of blockchain technology to problems in healthcare, biomedicine, and open science.

The rapid growth of blockchain and its associated technologies has generated enormous hype. Our aim is to understand the relevance of this emerging technology to address real-world problems in biomedicine.
Our aims

01 Be Scholarly

  • Define common features of real-word problems where blockchain is useful
  • Identify and qualify use cases
  • Separate hope/hype
  • Evaluate new applications

02 Make Stuff

  • Prototype new applications
  • Build communities of practice

03 Translate understanding into action

  • Bring together stakeholders
  • Partner with industry

02_ About us

Domain Expertise

Biomedical data

Healthcare systems

Emerging technology

Research & open science



Our team

Joel Dudley

Noah Zimmerman

Jason Bobe

Matt Johnson

Mark Shervey

Nicholas Tatonetti

Internationally recognized investigator in translational bioinformatics and precision medicine, Joel is the Executive Vice President for Precision Health for the Mount Sinai Health System. Joel’s precision medicine work has been featured by Scientific American, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and other national and international media outlets.

Assistant Professor and Director of the Health Data and Design Innovation Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Noah’s research is aimed at improving decision-making in healthcare by developing and deploying novel data-driven technologies. Previously, Noah co-founded a venture-backed healthcare startup to deliver clinical decision support using practice patterns mined from the electronic medical record.

Associate Professor, Director of the Sharing Lab at the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, and Director of Democratized Health Innovation at the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has created several communities of practice around pivotal new technologies and emerging capabilities spanning biomedicine, biotech and health sciences.

Biomedical Software Developer at the Health Data and Design Innovation Center. He primarily works with mobile applications, but also works on decentralized applications and blockchain applications in healthcare. He was the grand prize winner of the 2017 NYC Blockchain Hackathon. Matt received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

Biomedical Software Developer at The Institute for Next Generation Healthcare at Mount Sinai. His background is from industry big data and data warehousing. Mark is currently focusing on application development, electronic health record data, and wearable technologies. In addition, Mark will be focusing on developing and implementing blockchain solutions within the healthcare space.

Herbert Irving Assitant Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. Nick's research group is dedicated to making drugs safer through analysis of patient data and his discoveries have been featured by The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Boston Globe.

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03_ Resources

Category Big Picture
Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

Yes, it’s driven by greed — but the mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth.

Category Big Picture
Crypto Tokens: A Breakthrough in Open Network Design

Token networks remove this friction by aligning network participants to work together toward a common goal— the growth of the network and the appreciation of the token.

Category Big Picture
Why Decentralization Matters

Cryptonetworks have a significantly more attractive value proposition to developers and entrepreneurs.

Category Big Picture
Blockchains and health care: promising and moving quickly, though no silver bullet

This technology can give us new tools to secure medical information, track pharmaceutical supply chains, and more. While blockchains have promise, they are not a panacea for health care.

Category Academic
AI researchers embrace Bitcoin technology to share medical data

Blockchain could let people offer health records for research — without losing control over them.

Category Academic
Blockchain distributed ledger technologies for biomedical and health care applications

Introduces blockchain technologies, including their benefits, pitfalls, and the latest applications, to the biomedical and health care domains.

Category Technology Primers
Blockchain: A Beginners Guide

A practical and comprehensive guide to blockchain, web3, cryptoeconomics, tokens, smart contracts, DApps, DAOs and ICOs.

Category Technology Primers
Hash Power – A Documentary on Blockchains & Cryptocurrencies

A three part audio documentary that explores the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies with leaders in the field including Naval Ravikant, Olaf Carlson-Wee, Fred Ehrsam, Ari Paul, Juan Benet, Muneeb Ali, Peter Van Valkenburgh, Jeremiah Lowin, Jameson Lopp, Jordan Cooper, Josh Seims, & Charlie Noyes.

External Resources