Biomedical Informatics Faculty

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Ferhat Ay

Ferhat Ay

Assistant Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Epigenomics and Gene Expression Control
  • Genetic and Molecular Networks
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Epigenetics, genomics, chromatin structure, 3D/4D genome/nucleome, statistical methods for analysis of Hi-C and HiChIP data, gene regulation in immune cells, cancer genomics

Christopher Benner

Christopher Benner

Assistant Professor in Residence, School of Medicine

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Epigenomics and Gene Expression Control
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease
Hannah Carter

Hannah Carter

Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Genetics

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Genetic and Molecular Networks
  • Structural Bioinformatics and Systems Pharmacology
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Genomics and systems biology for precision cancer medicine, variant interpretation, network analysis, immunogenomics

Lukas Chavez

Lukas Chavez

Assistant Professor, School of Medicine

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Epigenomics and Gene Expression Control
  • Genetic and Molecular Networks
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Chromatin and Gene Regulation in Childhood Cancers

Chi-Hua Chen

Chi-Hua Chen

Associate Professor, Radiology

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Comparative and Population Genomics
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Neuroimaging genetics, neuropsychiatric disorders

Kit Curtius

Kit Curtius

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Quantitative Foundations of Computational Biology
  • Epigenomics and Gene Expression Control
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Mathematical models of cancer evolution, optimization of cancer screening and personalized surveillance, epigenetic aging, translational risk prediction tools

Robert El-Kareh

Robert El-Kareh

Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics

BMI Research Area(s):
  • Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine
  • Decision Support Systems

Research Focus: Clinical informatics, clinical decision support, diagnostic safety, quality improvement, patient safety

Kelly Frazer

Kelly Frazer

Professor, Pediatrics
Director, Institute for Genomic Medicine

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Epigenomics and Gene Expression Control
  • Genetic and Molecular Networks
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Using iPSCs for genetic analyses, GWAS, QTL analyses, bioinformatic approaches to understanding human disease, single-cell analyses

Rodney Gabriel

Rodney Gabriel

Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Medicine

BMI Research Area(s):
  • Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine

Research Focus: Perioperative outcomes, pharmacogenomics, machine learning, predictive modeling, regional anesthesia, acute pain.

Joseph Gleeson

Joseph Gleeson

Professor, Neurosciences (School of Medicine)
Director of Neurogenetics, Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Comparative and Population Genomics
  • Genetic and Molecular Networks
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Autism, Whole genome sequencing, Epigenome, Single cell sequencing, Gene-environment interactions, Somatic mosaicism, Systems biology, Protein interactions

Olivier Harismendy

Olivier Harismendy

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Epigenomics and Gene Expression Control
  • Genetic and Molecular Networks
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: My laboratory develops genome-wide assays and analysis for personalized cancer care. Particular focus includes genetics of cancer susceptibility and drug response, secure computing and data sharing.

Michael Hogarth

Michael Hogarth

Assoc Physician Dipl, School of Medicine

BMI Research Area(s):
  • Data Models and Knowledge Representation
  • Biomedical Natural Language Processing

Research Focus: Development of next generation public health information systems, terminology/ontology infrastructure in biomedical informatics, and developing systems that support clinical research at the point of care.

Albert Hsiao

Albert Hsiao

Assistant Professor in Residence, Radiology

BMI Research Area(s):
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Cardiac and vascular imaging

Wendy Huang

Wendy Huang

Assistant Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Epigenomics and Gene Expression Control
  • Genetic and Molecular Networks
  • Dynamical Systems, Stochastic Processes, and Biological Circuits
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Non-coding RNA, RNA binding proteins, gene expression analysis, immune pathologies

Lilia Iakoucheva

Lilia Iakoucheva

Associate Professor, Psychiatry

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Genetic and Molecular Networks
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Autism, genetics, gene expression, protein interactions, systems biology, networks, psychiatric diseases, whole genome sequencing

Mohit Jain

Mohit Jain

Associate Professor, Pharmacology

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Genetic and Molecular Networks
  • Structural Bioinformatics and Systems Pharmacology
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Human Biology, Metabolic Biochemistry, Integrative Biology, Mass Spectrometry, Metabolomics

Jejo Koola

Jejo Koola

Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Medicine

BMI Research Area(s):
  • Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine
  • Biomedical Natural Language Processing

Research Focus: Practicing internist in the field of hospital medicine and clinical informatics. Research focus is on using informatics tools (including predictive analytics, natural language processing, and information visualization) to improve the care of multi-morbid hospital patients.

Tsung-Ting Kuo

Tsung-Ting Kuo

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics

BMI Research Area(s):
  • Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine
  • Privacy Technology, Data Sharing, and Big Data Analytics

Research Focus: Blockchain Technologies, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing

Amit Majithia

Amit Majithia

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, School of Medicine

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Comparative and Population Genomics
  • Genetic and Molecular Networks
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Insulin resistance, functional genomics, pharmacogenetics, cardiometabolic disease, diabetes

Jill Mesirov

Jill Mesirov

Professor, School of Medicine
Associate Vice Chancellor, Computational Health Sciences,
Professor of Medicine, Division of Medical Genetics

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Quantitative Foundations of Computational Biology
  • Genetic and Molecular Networks
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Algorithms and analytic methodologies for pattern recognition and discovery with applications to cancer genomics, to better diagnose, stratify, and treat patients. Development of biologist-friendly biomedical software tools.

Niema Moshiri

Niema Moshiri

Assistant Teaching Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Quantitative Foundations of Computational Biology
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Computational HIV epidemiology, phylogenetics, models of sequence and tree evolution, Massive Adaptive Interactive Text (MAIT) development

Shamim Nemati

Shamim Nemati

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Dynamical Systems, Stochastic Processes, and Biological Circuits
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine
  • Decision Support Systems

Research Focus: Signal Processing, Dynamical Systems, Multivariate Time Series, Point Process, Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Video Processing, and Natural Language Processing

Lucila Ohno-Machado

Lucila Ohno-Machado

Professor, Biomedical Informatics

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Epigenomics and Gene Expression Control
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine
  • Privacy Technology, Data Sharing, and Big Data Analytics

Research Focus: Biomedical Informatics, predictive modeling, biomedical data analytics

Nicholas Schork

Nicholas Schork

Professor, Scripps Research Institute

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Quantitative Foundations of Computational Biology
  • Comparative and Population Genomics
BMI Research Area(s):
  • TBD

Research Focus: Developing mathematical, statistical, and computational models and tools to study the genetic basis of complex traits and diseases

Joel Wertheim

Joel Wertheim

Assistant Professor, School of Medicine

BISB Research Area(s):
  • Genetic and Molecular Networks
BMI Research Area(s):
  • Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

Research Focus: Molecular epidemiology of HIV and other RNA viruses; Virus phylogenetics and evolution