Fang Li, PhD, joined the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) as an assistant professor and a faculty member of the Center for Biomedical Semantics and Data Intelligence (BSDI) on October 1, 2021. Before that, Dr. Li received three years of postdoctoral training and worked as a research scientist for one year in SBMI. With a unique interdisciplinary background in both information science and medicine, Dr. Li has a passion to utilize cutting-edge informatics techniques to innovatively solve real-world medical problems based on a profound understanding toward them.
Dr. Li’s main research interests include: (1) biomedical ontology/knowledge graph construction and application, by realizing comprehensive and multi-source semantic knowledge representation, fusion, connection, and reasoning to support novel knowledge discovery (e.g., pathway, signal, and drug target); (2) big data analytics, leveraging advanced statistics and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to translate large-scale real-world data (electronic health records, health claims, etc.) into actionable solutions for critical clinical issues; (3) machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL), for the fundamental methodology pillars of current biomedical informatics research, keeping up with ever-evolving algorithms and developing models with optimum efficacy, interpretability and generalizability is one of her most enjoyable priorities. Dr. Li has published more than twenty peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, which involve JAMIA, Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, JMIR, etc., as the first author and the coauthor, and has served as a guest editor and ad-hoc reviewer for several journals.
“Data-driven (big data) and knowledge-driven (ontology and knowledge graph) explainable AI techniques, coupled with strenuous efforts from both data scientists and clinicians/biomedical researchers, will accelerate the realization of person-centered precision health care in the future,” Dr. Li said.
Fang Li, PhD
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