The Department of Biomedical Informatics recently participated in the annual National Library of Medicine Training Conference that was held at the University of Pittsburgh. The department had 4 trainees at the event this year; 2 predoctoral trainees and 2 postdoctoral trainees. The entire OSU-BMI contingent is in the picture below (from left to right; trainees bolded): James Gentry; Philip R.O. Payne; Kelly Regan; Zach Abrams; Tasneem Motiwala; Bobbie Kite; Peter J. Embi.
About the National Library of Medicine-funded Trainees appointed to OSU's Clinical and Translational Research Informatics Training Program (CTRIP):
Zachary Abrams is a predoctoral fellow pursuing his PhD in Computational Biology & Bioinformatics. He has been appointed to CTRIP since the beginning of June and is pursuing his research program in translational bioinformatics, specifically related to cytogenetics. Prior to joining the department, Zach finished his Bachelor's of Science degree at Ohio University in 2012.
Kelly Regan is a predoctoral fellow pursuing her MD and PhD degrees. She has been appointed to CTRIP since March and has been pursuing her research program in translational bioinformatics, specifically in silico methods for drug discovery. She presented a poster at the NLM Training Conference entitled, "Knowledge-Based Combination Therapy Discovery in Malignant Melanoma". Prior to joining the department, Kelly finished her Bachelor's of Art degree at the University of Chicago in 2011.
Bobbie Kite, PhD, MHS is a postdoctoral fellow in the department who is also pursuing a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics. She has been appointed to CTRIP since January and has been pursuing her research program in clinical research informatics in the labs of Drs. Courtney Hebert and Philip Payne. Dr. Kite gave a plenary presentation at the NLM Training Conference entitled, "Charge Transparency: Validating Electronic State and Federal Depositories". Prior to joining the department, Dr. Kite received her PhD in Public Health from the University of Texas at Houston in 2013 and her Master of Health Sciences from Touro University International in 2011.
Tasneem Motiwala, PhD, MS is a postdoctoral fellow in the department, who is also pursuing a Master of Public Health in Biomedical Informatics. She is the most recently appointed CTRIP fellow, having joined the department at the beginning of June. She is beginning her research program in the lab of Dr. Philip Payne and will focus in clinical research informatics. Prior to joining the department, Dr. Motiwala worked as a Research Scientist in the Comprehensive Cancer Center; her research focused in epigenetic regulation of genes (specifically a Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Recepter Type O, PTPRO) and understanding the biology and function of PTPRO in cancer. She received her PhD in Mollecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from The Ohio State University and her Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from the Institute of Science, University of Bombay.