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.
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.
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.
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.
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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