TURBO stands for Transforming and Unifying Research with Biomedical Ontologies. The PennTURBO group accelerates finding and connecting key information from clinical records for research through semantic associations to the processes that generated the clinical data. Discovery of previously unappreciated relations between the data are made possible by these associations.

The PennTURBO Group applies ontologies primarily from the Open Biological and Biomedical Ontologies (OBO) Foundry [] to provide a common semantic framework for Penn data. Transforming clinical data in this way allows the group to use graph database technologies for navigating the highly heterogeneous data.

Details about the project can be found here. View the TURBO documentation here.


Chris Stoeckert, Ph.D.
Research Professor of Genetics
D105 Richards Building, 3700 Hamilton Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6116
email: stoeckrt at upenn dot edu