This Directory includes Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni selectable by category, search or alphabetical by last name. Over 110 students have graduated from the Department of Biomedical Informatics (25+ PhD, 50+ MS, 25+ Certificate). The diversity of careers available to DBMI alumnus is evident in their biographies. Many of our graduates are teaching and performing research in academic institutions, such as Vanderbilt University, Arizona State University, and New York University while others have entered private industry with companies such as Cerner Corporation and Boston Scientific; some have positions in government agencies, such as the NIH and AHRQ, while others are at major medical centers, serving in roles such as Chief Medical Information Officer. We maintain a database of the career paths of our graduates. If you are an alumnus, please contact us if you would like to submit or update information!

Robyn Reed

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Personal Statement

Like many people before me, my path to Biomedical Informatics was unique.  My education in science led to work in laboratory research before deciding to change careers.  Wanting to apply my scientific knowledge to another field, I completed my MLIS degree at Pitt and was fortunate enough to be selected for admission to the NLM-funded Biomedical Informatics and Health Sciences Librarianship Traineeship. The Biomedical Informatics certificate program allowed me to develop a solid understanding of clinical informatics and see first-hand how library and information science play an active role in medicine.  The novel combination of coursework, research projects, conference presentations, and working in the Falk library during my year of training provided me with a firm foundation for my new position in biomedical informatics librarianship.  The interdisciplinary Biomedical Informatics training program teaches students the skills and knowledge that are required for success in the expanding and evolving information and medical fields.  I look forward to bringing those skills to a leading biomedical environment.


Robyn currently is an Associate Librarian (with tenure) at the Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State College of Medicine. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the State University of New York, Fredonia. She earned her M.A. in Pharmacology at SUNY, Buffalo, her M.L.I.S. (Library & Information Science), as well as her Biomedical Informatics and Health Sciences Librarianship Traineeship certificate at the University of Pittsburgh. More recently she completed a certificate in Business Analytics from Penn State University.


Medical Library Association speaker award, New Voices Section, Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting 2011, Minneapolis, MN
Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), Distinguished Level, Medical Library Association (MLA)

Selected Publications

Reed, R.B., Young, M., Eyer, M., and Bronson, S.K. (2024). Research Networking and the Role of the Medical Librarian. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 112(2).

Reed, R.B. (2017). “ORCID Author Identifiers for Librarians.” Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice, 5(2).

Reed, R.B. and Butkovich, N.J. (2017). “Comparison of Data and Informatics Responsibilities and Job Titles between Academic STEM and Medical Librarians.” Issues in Science and Technology Libraries, 87.

Sharlow ER, Mustata G, Close D, Leimgruber S, Tandon M, Reed RB et al. (2011) Discovery of diverse small molecule chemotypes with cell-based PKD1 inhibitory activity. PLoS ONE 6(10): e25134. PMCID: PMC3187749

Sharlow ER, Close D, Shun T, Leimgruber S, Reed R, Mustata G et al. Identification of potent chemotypes targeting Leishmania major using a high-throughput, low-stringency, computationally enhanced, small molecule screen. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2009 Nov 3;3(11):e540. PMC2765639

Wu JI, Reed RB, Grabowski PJ, Artzt K. The function of quaking in myelination:  regulation of alternative splicing. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2002 Apr 2;99(7):4233-8. PMC123631

Liu H, Zhang W, Reed RB, Liu W, Grabowski PJ. Mutations in RRM4 uncouple the splicing repression and RNA-binding activities of polypyrimidine tract binding protein. RNA. 2002 February; 8(2): 137–149. PMC1370238

Reed RB, Frost JB, Kort K, Myers SD, Lesse AJ. DNA sequence analysis and restriction fragment length polymorphisms of the P1 gene of Haemophilus influenzae biogroup aegyptius associated with Brazilian purpuric fever. Infect Immun. 1996 Sep;64(9):3666-72. PMC174279