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!

Smitha Edakalavan

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Doctoral Candidate, Department of Biomedical Informatics

Research Advisor:

Rafael Ceschin, PhD

Academic Advisor:

Yalini Senathirajah, PhD


MS (2018, Computer Science) Columbia University, NY

Career Objectives:

My aspiration is to contribute significantly to health research and to use data to predict and avoid preventable deaths. My area of interest is in clinical informatics, the application of machine learning methodologies in healthcare systems to improve patient outcomes and better healthcare management.