Meet Our Team

Robert L. Davis Governor's Chair MD, MPH Dr. Davis is founding director of the UTHSC Center for Biomedical Informatics and the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair in Biomedical Informatics, and a Professor in the UTHSC Dept. Pediatrics.
Ian Brooks Associate Director Ph.D. Ian Brooks, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Brooks has proven expertise in planning and execution of complex clinical and translational projects and health informatics research. He has a faculty appointment as Assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Arash Shaban-Nejad Assistant Professor Ph.D. Dr. Shaban-Nejad is an Assistant Professor at the UTHSC-ORNL Center for Biomedical Informatics. His primary research interest is Population Health Intelligence, Epidemiologic Surveillance and Big-Data Semantic Analytics through the use of tools and techniques from Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Representation, and Semantic Web, particularly Ontologies and Knowledge Bases, Description Logics, Category Theory, Social Network Theory, Reasoning and Inferencing.
Oguz Akbilgic Assistant Professor Ph.D. Oguz Akbilgic, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Biomedical Informatics. His expertise in biomedical informatics ranges in Predictive Modeling, Data Mining, Neural Networks, Statistics, Classification, Prediction, and Clustering.
Ashish Gupta Affiliate Investigator Dr. Ashish Gupta is the founding director of the Big Data & Analytics Research Center and an Associate Professor of Analytics in the College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Dr. Gupta’s research interests are in the areas of Big Data, analytics, neuroscience, sports injuries, chronic conditions, critical care, EMR, Clinical Informatics, and telemedicine. His recent articles have appeared in journals such as MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, IEEE Transactions, Information Systems Journal, European Journal of Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, and Communications of the Association for Information Systems.
Rony Jose Program Administrator MPH Rony Jose, MPH is the Program Administrator at the Center for Biomedical Informatics. His expertise is in managing and coordinating all operations of the CBMI ranging from research to services provided to UTHSC campus researchers and students as well as external investigators and collaborators.
Panduka Nagahawatte Staff Scientist MS Panduka Nagahawatte, MS, is a Staff Scientist at the Center for Biomedical Informatics. His expertise is in providing actionable insights using genetics-related datasets to Biomedical Researchers in order to enhance hypothesis generation, responsibly share raw genomic sequence reads through technological advancement, and the intersection of technology and policy in protecting patient privacy.
Emanuel Villa Data Architect MS Emanuel Villa, MS is the Data Architect at the Center for Biomedical informatics. He has over 10 years of experience with analytical and problem solving solutions in corporate and academic environments, primarily focusing on data architecture. His expertise is in data extraction, data normalization and data transformation.
Jennifer Featherston Data Analyst MS Jennifer Featherston, MS is the Data Manager at the Center for Biomedical Informatics. Her expertise is in project design principles, design of data collection forms and reports, data transformation, querying and maintenance procedures required in most Biomedical Informatics projects as well as Tableau, a tool designed to provide visual insights into data sets.
LaVysia Richmond Administrative Research Assistant BA Lamai Richmond, is the Administrative Research Assistant. Her expertise is in facilitating and managing day to day administrative tasks and supporting the staff and research in their operational needs.
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