Faculty in our programs come from numerous health professions, basic sciences, biomedical sciences, social sciences, cognitive sciences, engineering, bioengineering and computer science backgrounds. The “transdisciplinary” nature of the school's educational and research programs makes them unique and rewarding, and results in breakthrough discoveries. School faculty are involved in making groundbreaking contributions to health care, biomedical discovery and educational research. This includes inventing and evaluating new ways to capture, store, access, and evaluate health care and biomedical research knowledge and information.
Wenjin (Jim) Zheng, PhD is an associate professor of Biomedical Informatics. Jim came to SBMI on 2013 from the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was an assistant professor of bioinformatics. Zheng earned his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, MS in Computer Science from University of Texas at Dallas and MS in Biophysics from Wuhan University in China. His research interests are bioinformatics, system biology, genomics, biological data mining, biological networks and biomedical ontology and knowledge representation.
Amy Franklin, PhD joined UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics in 2009. Franklin is an assistant professor in the National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare. She earned her PhD in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of Chicago. Franklin currently conducts research related to psycho-linguistics, conversational negotiation and reduction of medical errors. Dr. Franklin teaches courses in cognitive engineering, computer supported collaborative work, research methods, and information and knowledge representation.
James Langabeer II, PhD, MBA, FHIMSS holds a dual appointment with SBMI as a professor of biomedical informatics and UTHealth's Medical School's Department of Emergency Medicine. Langabeer was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Greater Houston Healthconnect and has also served on the faculty of The University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston, Boston University and Baylor College of Medicine. He is also an Emergency Medical Technician with Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications, a Certified Management Accountant and a Fellow in the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.