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:
Jessica is a master’s student at the School of Biomedical Informatics focusing on clinical informatics. She graduated from Texas Southern University with a professional level doctorate in pharmacy. She is interested in using her combined skills to improve patient medication safety. “Life as a graduate student is full of uncertainty, now more than ever as we are going through a period of rapid change. Each of us has a unique experience and I hope we will be able to use it to learn from each other and grow as professionals and people.” Her goal as an SGO member is to foster a sense of community and promote the beauty of individuality within the School of Biomedical Informatics. You can reach Jessica at: Jessica.O.Okunbor@uth.tmc.edu, if you have any questions.
Sayali Ethape is a master’s student at the School of Biomedical Informatics. She completed her undergraduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in India and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX. She previously worked as a Program Coordinator in the SVP Therapeutics and Platforms Department at MD Anderson Cancer Center. As an SGO member, she aims to encourage SBMI students to collaborate outside the academic realm and to make sure their needs are well represented. “It is an honor to be the Vice President. Our goal is to make student experience more enjoyable and meaningful at SBMI.” You can reach Sayali at: Sayali.S.Ethape@uth.tmc.edu, if you have any questions.
Zaid is currently a Graduate Certificate Student in the Applied Biomedical Informatics track 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.
Ivan Coronado is a PhD student at the School of Biomedical Informatics with an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He previously worked as a research associate in the Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging Department at UTHealth. As an SGO member, he aims to encourage SBMI students to network and collaborate outside the classroom environment. “It is an honor to be Treasurer. Our goal is to be a resource of support and guidance for the SBMI community." You can reach Ivan at: Ivan.Coronado@uth.tmc.edu, if you have any questions.
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. I look forward to hosting events that will allow us to celebrate the diversity at SBMI, while also connecting students with professionals in the field.” You can reach Nour at: Nour.A.Alia@uth.tmc.edu, if you have any questions.