The University at Buffalo and the School of Medicine offers its students basic software for productivity, safe computing, and also offers recommendations for useful software. 

Data Analysis

JMP is the data analysis tool of choice for hundreds of thousands of scientists, engineers and other data explorers worldwide. Users leverage powerful statistical and analytic capabilities in JMP to discover the unexpected.


Mac OS

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS. 

Landmark was developed by the scientists at the Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization (IDAV) and the University of California, Davis. Working together with collaborators at the American Museum of Natural History, the team was able to build an easy to use tool for landmark editing and placement on geometric surfaces typically obtained via laser range scans.

The main purpose of Landmark is to easily place landmark points and semi-landmark points accurately and with high repeatability on complex surfaces for the purpose of registration, alignment, morphing, and computation of hypothetical ancestors in evolutionary trees.

Morphometrics These programs are used to digitized landmark locations, capture outlines, or to interface with devices such as digital calipers. See the utility webpage for programs to manipulate data files and transform file formats.

Imaging Software

Fiji is an image processing package — a "batteries-included" distribution of ImageJ, bundling many plugins which facilitate scientific image analysis.

Mango (Multi-image Analysis GUI) – is a viewer for medical research images. It provides analysis tools and a user interface to navigate image volumes.

MorphoJ is an integrated program package for doing geometric morphometrics. The goal of the program is to provide a platform for the most important types of ...

3D Slicer is an open source software platform for medical image informatics, image processing, and three-dimensional visualization. Built over two decades through support from the National Institutes of Health and a worldwide developer community, Slicer brings free, powerful cross-platform processing tools to physicians, researchers, and the general public.

  • Top Hat Software

    The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences considers the use of Top Hat to be a vital part of your educational activities.

    Top Hat will be used throughout your four years of medical school. You will be using it as early as orientation and throughout many courses in the preclinical and clinical phases.

    The University has negotiated a reduced price for the software license. Please purchase a lifetime (4-year) license, this is a requirement for medical school.

    To setup your account and purchase your Top Hat license, you will need to make sure your UBIT name and password is setup first. Then, follow the directions here. You will be able to use this single license for all courses throughout your four years here. 

    If you need help or have questions, please email

University Software

Virtual Private Network

For off campus computing, the use of a "virtual private network" (VPN) client is needed to access certain UB services and Jacobs School sevices. Along with an internet connection, AnyConnect client will connect you with UB and access to some of the computing servcie blocked to outside users. 

Recommend for All

When connecting to University resource, it is important that your computer has been updated with the latest operating system patches and releases as well as having a updated antivirus protection. The University at Buffalo offers UB-licensed software to help you and us stay protected. Also, you'll find advice, tips, and links to some other recommend software. Visit the UBIT site for more information and the software available.