When Dr. Selwyn Vickers came to UAB in 2013, one of his first initiatives was the establishment of the Informatics Institute, to coordinate, accelerate and enhance informatics activities already in place throughout the University.  Dr. James Cimino arrived in 2015 to assume the directorship, with Dr. Jake Chen arriving the following year to take on the dual roles of Associate Director and Chief Bioinformatics Officer for the Institute.  The Institute moved to its newly renovated space on the first floor of the Tinsley Harrison Tower in April, 2016.