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.
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.
Rishi Kamaleswaran Assistant Professor Ph.D. Dr. Rishi Kamaleswaran is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Biomedical Informatics. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology in Canada. His research interests include analysis of real-time sensor data at the bed-side to identify the onset of abnormal conditions. His contribution to the proposed program includes: real-time event stream processing, data analysis, data visualization and information systems design.
Eun Kyong Shin Postdoctoral Fellow PhD Dr. Shin is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center – Oak Ridge National Lab (UTHSC-ORNL), Center for Biomedical Informatics, Department of Pediatrics. Her areas of teaching and research include social network analysis, health surveillance and big data, collective action focusing on understanding the relational underpinnings of social change.
Mohammed Akram Postdoctoral Fellow PhD Dr. Akram Mohammed is a postdoctoral fellow at the UTHSC Center for Biomedical Informatics-Department of Pediatrics. He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics under Dr. Babu Guda from University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Mohammed’s research interests include data science, machine learning, and deep learning for precision medicine, cancer classification and host-pathogen interactions. At the center, his work focuses on designing and developing advanced real-time algorithms for predicting the onset of abnormal conditions at the bedside using data streams acquired in intensive care units. He is also keen on conducting research in high-throughput multi-omics data and open source software development.
Jon Hael Brenas Postdoctoral Fellow PhD Jon Hael Brenas, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the UTHSC-ORNL Center for Biomedical Informatics. He received his Ph.D. from the Laboratoire d’Informatique de Grenoble, Grenoble, France. His doctoral dissertation focus was on Verification of Graph Transformation. Dr. Brenas also received a double Master degree on Mathematical Modeling and Digital Imagery specialized in Modeling, Computation and Simulation from the ENSIMAG, in Grenoble, France and Computer Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, in Torino, Italy. His primary research interest is in Graph Transformation, Program Verification and Semantic Web.
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.
Josh Callaway Data Analyst MS Josh Callaway is a Data Analyst for CBMI working as the lead Data Architect for construction of the Enterprise Data Warehouse. His talents lie in R programming, Shiny App development, Oracle Database management, data migration across servers using ETL techniques, and data analysis.
Bhavya Kadiyala Data Architect MS Bhavya Kadiyala, MS(Bioinformatics) is the Data Architect at the Center for Biomedical Informatics. With over 6 years of experience, she is a former C# and SAS developer .She has extensive research experience in statistics and machine-learning using SQL,R and WEKA to find useful-insights in data. Her expertise includes SQL and R programming for data extraction, analysis and visualization.
Parya Zareie Data Manager MS Parya Zareie, MS is the Data Manager at the Center for Biomedical Informatics. She is experienced in data analytics, building and evaluating machine learning algorithms and extrapolating conclusions from large data sets. Her expertise is in deployment of statistical principles, data visualization, data transformation and conducting routine database maintenance as needed to ensure data integrity.
Undryka Bynum Administrative Research Assistant BSc Undryka Bynum is the Administrative Research Assistant at the Center for Biomedical Informatics. Her expertise includes, facilitating all day-to-day administrative tasks for all faculty and staff to ensure that all needs of the center are met in a timely manner.
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