Data Access and Informatics Consulting

Nikhita Kutala is the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s (SOD) Data Analyst and Informatics Consultant. She can be contacted at [email protected]. Consultations and services are free for SOD personnel.


  • Feasibility Analysis: Initial determination of availability of sufficient sample size to conduct a study.
  • Data Informatics: Detailed information of patient sample for the required eligibility criteria.
  • Support survey development and management. Surveys are typically administered electronically using iPads and an IRB approved software (REDCap).
  • iPads are available for research purposes.
  • Clinical data to support:
    • Subject recruitment
    • Retrospective/prospective and observational/experimental studies.
    • Operational and quality improvement projects
    • Data feeds: Augmenting existing data searches

Available Resources:

Steps to Request Services:

Schedule a consultation with Ms Kutala regarding your research idea by submitting a request form.

  • Phase 1: Initial Consultation and Feasibility Analysis
    Free consultation during which Ms Kutala meets with the researcher(s) to discuss the proposed project and assess feasibility.
  • Phase 2: Detailed Planning
    Ms Kutala and the researcher(s) develop and finalize the project's plan including the timeline. Input from the center's biostatistician is available as needed.
  • Phase 3: Execution/Implementation
    Project begins after Ms Kutala and the researchers' agree on the scope of work.
  • Citation:
    All publications resulting from using this service need to provide the following acknowledgment.

    “This research was supported by the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry’s Oral Health Clinical Research Center (OHCRC) and the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, grant UL1TR002494. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the OHCRC or the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Science