The Student Governance Organization (SGO) consists of School of Biomedical Informatics students in both the master's and doctoral programs. Any student enrolled in a degree program at School of Biomedical Informatics is eligible to become an elected representative of his or her program.
The purpose of the SGO is:
Nour is a master’s student at the School of Biomedical Informatics. She currently works as a clinical dietitian at Memorial Hermann which is where her interest in clinical informatics piqued. In the future, she would like to lead projects involving innovative solutions that challenge current norms and bridge the gaps that exist in healthcare. “I believe that a sense of community is one of the most valuable aspects of life and getting involved with SGO has opened up so many opportunities. I look forward to serving as a liaison between students, staff, and faculty and leveraging the resources we have to enhance the student experience.” You can reach Nour at: Nour.A.Alia@uth.tmc.edu, if you have any questions.
Sharmeen is a master’s student at the School of Biomedical Informatics. Before joining UTHealth, she completed her BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in India. In the future, she would like to use her knowledge and clinical experience to improve patient care and help increase healthcare accessibility. As an SGO member, she aims to create an international student advisory while also collaborating and helping promote students’ interests at SBMI. “With the current pandemic and our life being mostly virtual, I hope to create more networking opportunities and make our student experience at SBMI a memorable one.” You can reach Sharmeen at: Sharmeen.Hamid@uth.tmc.edu, if you have any questions.
Zaid is a master’s Student at the School of Biomedical Informatics with a clinical medicine background. Before joining UTHealth, he completed his MBBS degree from Ziauddin University in Karachi, Pakistan. He currently works in the de Groot Laboratory at the Department of Neuro-Oncology at the University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he thrives at the intersection of healthcare, translational research, and biomedical informatics. “I believe that it is beneficial for students and professionals to regularly communicate and stay engaged to learn, innovate, and achieve collective progress as an academic community. As a member of the SGO, I aim to promote the students' interests at SBMI by communicating their opinions with different stakeholders at the institution. I am also looking forward to creating avenues for the student body's personal and professional growth by sharing interesting academic and professional opportunities." You can reach Zaid at: Zaid.A.Soomro@uth.tmc.edu, if you have any questions.
Kavita Ramnath is a master’s student at the School of Biomedical Informatics with a concentration in clinical informatics. She previously graduated from University of Houston-Clear Lake with a bachelor’s in Chemistry. She is currently working as a teaching assistant at UTHealth which drives her passion of helping other students. As the SGO treasurer, her goal is to utilize this platform to promote collaboration with students outside of the academic environment and advocate for her student community. “I am excited to embark on this new journey where I can build more relationships within the SBMI community and fulfill my duties as your treasurer. My goal is to contribute to the social, cultural and recreational activities within SBMI to promote diversity and provide a sense of belonging to each individual student.” You can reach Kavita at: Kavita.K.Ramnath@uth.tmc.edu, if you have any questions.
Poonam is a PhD student at the School of Biomedical Informatics. She has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an M.S. in Microbiology from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Her previous research was in the subjects of virology and computational microbiology, and this led to her interest in bioinformatics. As an SGO member, her goal is to foster social interactions between SBMI students, professors, and other professionals in the field, with the understanding that we live in a society that has been changed by the ongoing pandemic. "I've found it difficult to attend many events and to feel like I am a part of the SBMI community, as someone with a young child that has been social distancing for over a year. I know there are other students in similar situations, so I aim to host a variety of events that will allow for all students, regardless of where they are in their career or life to be engaged with the community." You can reach Poonam at Poonam.N.Desai@uth.tmc.edu if you have any questions or suggestions.