Zhongming Zhao, Ph.D., M.S. is a professor at McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston, formerly UTHealth Houston School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) and appointed as the Chair for Precision Health. He is the founding director of the Center for Precision Health, which is a joint venture between McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics and the UTHealth School of Public Health. Before coming to UTHealth, Zhao was a tenured professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics, Psychiatry and Cancer Biology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and held Ingram Professorship of Cancer Research. He also served as the chief bioinformatics officer of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), the director of the VICC Bioinformatics Resource Center, director of the Bioinformatics and Systems Medicine Laboratory and the associate director of the Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences. Zhao is a member of numerous organizations including the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). He has more than 24 years of bioinformatics, genomics, machine learning/AI, and pharmacogenomics research experience, collaborated with more than 100 investigators, and has authored/co-authored more than 450 papers (cited by >21,000 times, H-index = 75). His work has been supported by more than 50 funded grants totaling more than $100 million. Dr. Zhao was elected as a fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), the American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA), and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).