Medical, health, and genomics

Medical, health, and genomics

Applying novel computational tools and analytic techniques to transform healthcare and empower people to lead healthier lives.

Researchers across Microsoft apply computer science expertise to enable data-driven healthcare, enhance wellness and accelerate progress in life sciences. Artificial intelligence, machine learning and exponential leaps in data availability and cloud computing fuel research initiatives to understand biology at molecular and cellular levels, guide the development of medical treatments and analyze data streams to detect health threats, predict disease outbreaks and counsel patients.

Medical, health, and genomics research at Microsoft is multidisciplinary and flows along a continuum that blurs distinctions between lab and field discoveries, clinical practice and patient self-care. Protocols and innovations to ensure the security and privacy of patient data set the standard for trustworthy computing initiatives throughout Microsoft. Researchers collaborate across divisions and product groups within the company and forge partnerships with academia, industry, organizations, foundations, hospitals and government agencies to achieve profound and lasting impacts on human health.


Focus Areas

Precision medicine

Using artificial intelligence and machine reading in cloud-based decision-support systems to analyze medical images, review patient data and recommend precise diagnoses and treatments.


Applying computer science tools and techniques to accelerate and refine technologies such as genome sequencing and gene editing.

Computational biology

Researching how computation occurs in biology and developing computational techniques for application to problems in biology such as identifying disease mechanisms and viable drug targets.

Clinical-grade wearables

Creating and testing wearable technologies to monitor vital signs, improve personal health and issue calls to action.

Public health

Designing and applying new technologies to address medical and health challenges that impact populations at scale such as emerging infectious diseases and compliance with medication.


Innovating technologies that allow people with physical and cognitive impairments to fully engage with the digital world.

Crowdsourced health

Collecting and analyzing search and social media data to advance medicine, provide insights and improve wellness across user populations.

Computational psychology

Developing effective, emotionally intelligent and personalized interventions to help patients stay healthy through positive behaviors such as diet, exercise and social connections.