Ontology Research Group

Cui Tao, PhD


  • PhD, Computer Science, Brigham Young University
  • MS, Computer Science, Brigham Young University
  • BS, Biology and Computer Science, Beijing Normal University

Areas of Expertise

  • Applying semantic and ontology technologies to clinical and biomedical applications
  • Ontology generation and conceptual modeling
  • Common terminology and ontology services
  • Information extraction and integration
  • Big data analysis using machine learning and statistical methods

Research Projects

  • Temporal relation modeling, extraction and reasoning
  • Secondary use of EHR data for clinical and translational studies
  • Ontology-based analysis for cancer drug repurposing
  • Vaccine and drug safety analysis
  • Ontology-based mHealth and patient education
  • Ontology-based personalized decision support systems


  • Program Director / Principal Investigator
    Dynamic learning for post-vaccine event prediction using temporal information in VAERS
    (1R01AI130460, $3.12 M), 2017-2022 (Impact score 16, 1% percentile)
  • Program Director / Principal Investigator
    Metadata applications on informed content to facilitate biorepository data regulation and sharing
    Funded by NIH/NHGRI (1U01HG009454, $1.4M), 2016-2019 (Impact score 26)
  • Program Director / Principal Investigator
    Patient Medical History Representation, Extraction, and Inference from EHR Data
    Funded by NIH/NLM. (1R01LM011829, $.73M), 2014 – 2019 (Impact score 22, 4% percentile)