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About Me

Licong Cui, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). She joined SBMI in January of 2019 as a tenure-track assistant professor. Prior to this position, she was a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and a member of Institute for Biomedical Informatics at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Cui's primary research goal is to develop algorithms and software tools to solve data science problems in biomedicine. Dr. Cui’s research interests include ontologies and terminologies, big data analytics, large-scale data integration and management, information extraction and information retrieval. Dr. Cui has published over 80 peer-reviewed research papers and served as the principal investigator for a number of grants funded by NSF and NIH.

As a well-trained Computer Scientist specialized in Biomedical Informatics, Dr. Cui has strong grounding in algorithms and computational methodologies. For instance, she has designed and developed scalable algorithms for analyzing biomedical data, including extracting epilepsy phenotypes from clinical narratives for patient cohort identification, computing non-lattice subgraphs and detecting relation reversals in the SNOMED CT, mining lexical patterns in non-lattice subgraphs for detecting missing hierarchical relations and concepts in SNOMED CT, Gene Ontology and NCI Thesaurus, performing cross-ontology hierarchical relation examination in the Unified Medical Language System, and mining diverse clinical datasets from the National Sleep Research Resource. At the same time, Dr. Cui has considerable experience in applied informatics, particularly the lifecycle of web-based software development. For example, she has designed, developed and deployed a cross-cohort query system for the National Sleep Research Resource and a data integration system for Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy research. Dr. Cui has conducted collaborative work in multidisciplinary team settings with sleep researchers, epilepsy researchers, cancer researchers, and other informaticians.

Licong Cui, PhD

Associate Professor
UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics
7000 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-500-3791

Open Positions

I am looking for highly motivated PhD students and Postdocs interested in my research. Please feel free to email me your CV.