Our Faculty

Dr. Bernstam's CV
Dr. Bernstam is Associate Dean for Research at The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston and Internal Medicine at UTHealth. He received his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1995 and finished an internal medicine residency in 1998, followed by a Master's in Computer Engineering (University of Michigan) and NLM fellowship in biomedical Informatics (2001) from Stanford. His research focuses on biomedical information retrieval, consumer informatics, decision support and translational biomedical informatics. Dr. Bernstam has served as principal investigator on grants from the National Library of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson foundation and NASA. He took over as Director of the Informatics component in 2008.

Dr. Zhang's CV
Jiajie Zhang is the Doris L. Ross Professor and the Associate Dean of Research at The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston. His research interests include human-centered computing, patient safety, information visualization, decision making, and cognitive science. He has over one hundred peer reviewed publications. He has been the PI or Co-I on many grants from NASA, ONR, Army, NIH, James S. McDonnell Foundation, the State of Texas, and other funding agencies. He is a Fellow of American College of Medical Informatics.

F. Meric-Bernstam at MDACC Biosketch & Publications
Contact F. Meric-Bernstam
Dr. Meric-Bernstam is a surgeon-scientist at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. She graduated from Yale University School of Medicine (1991), followed by a residency in general surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center (1998). In the third year of her residency, she joined the National Institutes of Health for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship. She came to M. D. Anderson in 1998 as a surgical oncology fellow and joined the faculty in 2001. She is currently Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Surgical Oncology. Her research focuses on the molecular alterations that play an important role in the development and progression of breast cancer. Specifically, the mTOR (Mammalian Target of Rapamycin) signaling pathway and translational regulation of breast cancer. She also has an interest in breast cancer information online (consumer health informatics). She has served as principle investigator on grants from the National Cancer Institute (K08, R01), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Goodwin Foundation, Elsa Pardee Foundation and American Institute of Cancer Research.


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Our Technical Staff

Susan Guerrero graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with a bachelor degree in Liberal Arts in 1996. She has extensive experience in IT application development, regulatory compliance, business continuity and disaster recovery, IT security, and project management, having completed over 20 years of service in the oil industry. Certified in IT security (CISSP), IT audit (CISA) and project management (PMP), she works on the bioinformatics team as a Project Manager.

Michael Byrne graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Applied Mathematics in 2004 and joined the Neurobiology department at the University Of Texas Medical School. Prior to joining UTHealth, he spent five years modeling neurobiological processes involved with learning and memory at the molecular scale and developed tools such as the Cellular Dynamic Simulator. Mr. Byrne joined the School of Biomedical Informatics in 2010 and is currently leading the Master Person Index project, aimed at resolving the issues arising from duplicate patient records occurring within billing data.

Joseph Applegate received a BS in Management Information Systems from Oklahoma State University, specializing in database analysis and network security. In addition to exploring how information systems can improve healthcare, he has interests in natural language processing, artificial intelligence (especially computer vision), mobile apps and game development. He currently works on analyzing and staging the Clinical Data Warehouse, and supporting applications for the research and medical community.

Ron joined the Biomedical Informatics Group in 2014 where he works as a programmer analyst. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from New York University (NYU). His interests include machine learning, application programming and physical computing. Ron has experience in both computer and laboratory life science and has performed a variety of electrophysiological and cytological experiments in addition to his experience in systems analysis, systems administration and programming.

Alejandro Araya joined the Biomedical Informatics Group in 2014. He received his BS from The University of Houston Downtown, majoring in microbiology and minoring in chemistry. In addition to his life sciences background he has worked as a software developer for over eight years in the aviation and commerce industries. He is currently working on a variety of NLP and web application projects for the group.

Heath Goodrum joined the Biomedical Informatics Group in 2015. He graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor degree in Computer Science. He currently works on supporting applications for the research and medical community.


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