Sunyang Fu, PhD became an Assistant Professor at McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston in June of 2023. He is the Associate Director of Team Science at the Center of Translational AI Excellence and Applications in Medicine (TEAM-AI). Prior to joining UTHealth Houston, Dr. Fu worked as a biomedical informatician and data scientist in the Department of AI and Informatics at Mayo Clinic. His research focuses on clinical research informatics and clinical and translational research, with an emphasis on accelerating, improving, and governing the secondary use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for high throughput, reproducible, fair, and trustworthy discoveries. Dr. Fu has extensive experience in informatics research, including assessing multi-institutional EHR data quality and heterogeneity, developing natural language processing (NLP) techniques for clinical information extraction, and designing informatics frameworks to optimize clinical research workflows. Additionally, he has significant collaborative research experience in epidemiology, aging, cancer, and musculoskeletal diseases and procedures.
Dr. Fu has maintained a high level of research productivity with 50 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier informatics journals, such as NPJ Digital Medicine, Briefings in Bioinformatics, Bioinformatics, JAMIA, and JBI. He has contributed to the scientific community by serving as an editor for Frontiers in Public Health and as a guest reviewer for Lancet Digital/Regional Health. His research on reproducibility has made a significant impact on clinical and translational science. He has been invited to contribute to the textbook "Clinical Research Informatics", entailing a full chapter related to clinical NLP applications in clinical research, and he has co-edited Chapter 9 of the National Center for Data to Health (CD2H) playbook. Dr. Fu has also served as a committee member for several international conferences including IEEE-BIBM and ACM-BCB. Additionally, he has co-organized several national-level workshops and shared tasks in clinical NLP, including n2c2, OHNLP, HealthNLP, and BioCreative, involving more than 20 institutions worldwide. Dr. Fu is an active member of AMIA, IEEE, and AACR.