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Professor Luca Giancardo Dr. Luca Giancardo is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Precision Health, School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI), University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) with co-appointments at the McGovern Medical School and the Institute for Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, UTHealth. He is a computer scientist by training with extensive experience in image/signal analysis and machine learning applied to biomedical sciences.

His work has been applied to a number of biomedical applications, such as stroke diagnosis, diabetic retinopathy screening or neurodegenerative disease tracking and successfully translated to industry with two startups based on his methods. One, Hubble Telemedical, was acquired by Welch Allyn, another, nQ-Medical has raised significant investment. He has authored/co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles which were featured by news outlet such as MIT Technology Review, Smithsonian magazine and others. He has received multiple awards including SBMI Dean’s Excellence Award for Research and the 100k Singapore Challenge, with the judging panel uniquely composed by Nobel Prize, Turing award and Millennium Technology Prize winners. His research and lab have been supported by competitive grants from the National Institute of Health, Translational Research Institute for Space Health, foundations and private companies.

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- M+Vision Research Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (USA), 2013-2016
- RLE Translational Fellow at MIT (USA), 2014-2015
- Postdoctoral Associate at Italian Institute of Technology (Italy), 2011-2013
- PhD, Computational Image Analysis, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Burgundy (France) 2008-2011
- MSc, Computer Vision and Robotics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (UK), University of Girona (Spain) and University of Burgundy (France), 2006-2008
- BSc (Hons), Software Engineering, Southampton Solent University (UK) 2002-2005

Current Members

Samiksha Pachade
Samiksha Pachade

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Shikha Tripathi
Shikha Tripathi

SBMI PhD Student

Shikha Tripathi completed her Master in Computer Science from the University of Houston. She is currently working on developing machine learning models using keystroke dynamics and other sensors for neurodegenerative diseases.

Ivan Coronado

SBMI PhD Student and NLM Fellow
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Haaniya Dawoodally
Haaniya Dawoodally

SBMI MSc Student

Haaniya Dawoodally is a first-year student at the University of Texas Health Science Center where she is pursuing a Master of Science in biomedical informatics. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in health, with a concentration in public health, and has experience in community health and program development.

Past Members

  • Uma Lal-Trehan Estrada, MSc, - old role: Research Assistant.
  • Juntao Yan, MSc candidate - old role: Graduate Research Assistant
  • Runzhi Zhou, PhD candidate - old role: Graduate Research Assistant
  • Sheeba Suijit, PhD - old role: Postdoc
  • Shuyang (Shawn) Fan, MD/PhD candidate - old role: Visiting Undergraduate Student
  • Danilo Peña, MSc - old role: Research Assistant
  • Arko Barman, PhD - old role: Postdoc
  • Óscar Peña-Nogales, PhD - old role: Visiting Graduate Student
  • Prasanna Porwal, PhD - old role: Visiting Graduate Student
  • Seymanur Capoglu, MSc - old role: Research Assistant