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Sai Balu
Facility Director, Bioinformatics Core

Sai Balu is the Facility Director for the Bioinformatics Core at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He joined Lineberger in 2005. The Core, then a group, had 4 people. Now the Core has grown into 16 people with “Big-Data” analytics capabilities.

He is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Health Informatics, Project link:

He has experienced and survived deadlines for The Cancer Genome Atlas project and two submissions of the competitive National Cancer Institutes<92> Cancer Center Support Grant.


Sai earlier worked in various capacities for the Research Computing and Research & Development divisions of UNC Chapel Hill.

His interests in the past have been black&white photography, flying and pre-1820 American History. His current interests are programming the Raspberry PI, kayaking and collecting wall posters during his travels.

He is a graduate of Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

Sai grew up in Neyveli, India and now lives with his wife in Chapel Hill, USA.

You can contact him at sai at-symbol