The Department of Biomedical Informatics is committed to improving biomedical research and clinical care through the innovative application of informatics. Currently funded projects explore areas such as genomic and proteomic data mining, natural language processing, machine learning, and biosurveillance.

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Michael J. Becich, MD, PhD
Dr. Becich is a Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Pathology, Information Sciences and Telecommunications. He is the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics.
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Gregory Cooper, MD, PhD
Dr. Cooper is the Vice chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Information Science, and Intelligent Systems.
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Rebecca S. Crowley, MD, MS
Dr. Crowley is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Intelligent Systems and Pathology and the current Director of the Training program.
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Roger S. Day, ScD
Associate Professor Day leads development of the Oncology Thinking Cap computer modeling facility, which uses stochastic models of tumor growth to help researchers do thought experiments about cancer biology and treatment.
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Madhavi Ganapathiraju, PhD
Assistant Professor whose current research focus is in the area of computational molecular and systems biology, translational bioinformatics and biomedical text mining, using signal processing and machine learning.
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Vanathi Gopalakrishnan, PhD
Dr. Gopalakrishnan is interested in the design and development of computational methods for solving clinically relevant biological problems.
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Steven Handler, MD, PhD
Dr. Handler is an Assistant Professor with a primary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and secondary appointments in Geriatric Medicine, and Clinical and Translational Research.
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Harry Hochheiser, PhD
Dr. Hochheiser’s research focuses on the design of usable systems for use in clinical and research settings. His other interests include universal usability, security, privacy, and public policy implications of computing systems.
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Fu-Chiang (Rich) Tsui, PhD
Dr. Tsui’s past and current research involves the application of biosurveillance, time series analyses, machine learning, expert systems, grid computing, and artificial intelligence to biomedical informatics research problems.
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Shyam Visweswaran, MD, PhD
Dr. Visweswaran's research interests lie in the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining and Bayesian methods to problems in clinical medicine and bioinformatics.
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Tanja Bekhuis, PhD, MS, MLIS
Dr. Bekhuis is an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Informatics, whose research involves machine learning and natural language processing to improve systematic review methods, as well as translation of best evidence for clinicians.
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Richard Boyce, PhD
Dr. Boyce is interested in the intersection of informatics, comparative effectiveness research, and medication safety (including pharmacoepidemiology).
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Xia Jiang, PhD
Dr. Jiang's research focuses on developing novel algorithms/systems that improve the computational efficiency of high-dimensional data analysis, and network modeling of cancer genome data.
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Xinghua Lu, MD, PhD, MS
Dr. Lu’s research focuses on the computational methods for identifying signaling pathways underlying biological processes and diseases as well as Statistical methods for acquiring knowledge from biomedical literature.
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Gerald Douglas, PhD
Dr. Douglas is an Assistant Professor focusing on Health Informatics for the Underserved.

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Department Highlights

DEPARTMENT HIGHLIGHTS
A video tour of our Clinically-Oriented Pharmacogenomics Information Resource Prototype
This project is a joint effort between the Department of Biomedical Informatics and the School...
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Pitt Researchers Awarded $8.3 Million NIH Grant to Study Sarcoidosis, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
PITTSBURGH, June 27, 2012 – A multidisciplinary team at the...
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