Zhao Li, PhD, joined McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics in May 2023 as an assistant professor and a faculty member at Data Science and Informatics Core for Cancer Research. This came after Li earned his PhD in Biomedical Informatics from McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston. He holds a bachelor’s in Software Engineering and a master’s in Computer Engineering.
Li’s research focus is on developing and applying innovative computational methods, especially artificial intelligence methods, for different levels of biomedical informatics ranging from population and individual data to cellular-level data to address critical biomedical research questions. He has extensive experience in analyzing large-scale biomedical datasets, including biomedical literature, genomics, imaging as well as electronic health records. He also has contributed to the development of machine learning and deep learning approaches for various biomedical informatics tasks. In addition, as one of the major contributors, Zhao worked with his team at McWilliams and UTHealth Houston to develop award-winning NLP systems to extract knowledge from biomedical literature.