The Department of Biomedical Informatics graduated two students this semester!
Pictured above (left to right): Philip R.O. Payne, PhD; Marcelo A. Lopetegui Lazo, MD, MS; Caryn Roth, MPH; Albert M. Lai, PhD; Po-Yin Yen, RN, PhD
Caryn Roth, MPH, is the department's first Master of Public Health with a Specialization in Biomedical Informatics graduate. In addition to pursuing her M.P.H. degree with the department, Ms. Roth was also a graduate research associate and extensively involved in multiple research projects across the spectrum of clinical and public health informatics. Her thesis, entitled, "The Geographic Distribution of Cardiovascular Health in SPHERE", was done under the direction of her research advisors Drs. Randi Foraker, a BMI collaborator and Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health, and Philip Payne, Chair of Biomedical Informatics. Caryn has accepted a position with Zipongo, a start-up company in California, that is very much in line with the research interests she developed while pursuing her degree at OSU. Zipongo is a digital health company based out of San Francisco, CA, that employs innovative web and mobile technologies to improve personalized healthcare. Caryn will join this team of engineers, designers, doctors, trainers, and nutritionists in the capacity of Manager of Analytics and Data Sciences. Her new role will rely heavily on the skills she learned in her informatics and public health training here at OSU.
Marcelo Lopetegui Lazo, MD, MS, is the department's second Master of Science with a Specialization in Biomedical Informatics graduate. In addition to pursuing his M.S. degree with the department, Dr. Lopetegui was also a postdoctoral researcher and BMI developer in the department, employing his robust programming, clinical expertise, and design skills to clinical informatics research projects in the lab of Dr. Philip Payne, Chair of Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Lopetegui is the creator of TimeCaT, a smart app developed to measure time-motion study. His thesis, entitled, "Inter-Observer Reliability Assessments in Continuous Observation Time Motion Studies", was done under the direction of his research advisor, Dr. Po-Yin Yen, a research assistant professor in our department. Dr. Lopetegui will return to Santiago, Chile, where he will work with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the university from which he received his Doctor of Medicine degree, to build a Center for Health Analytics. Dr. Lopetegui will also continue his relationship with OSU's Department of Biomedical Informatics in the capacity of an adjunct assistant professor -- and we are very excited at the prospect of international collaborations on future research!
Please join us in celebrating the successes of our graduates Caryn and Marcelo!