From K. Craig Kent, Dean of the College of Medicine:
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Lang Li, PhD, as our new chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, effective July 1 (pending board approval). Dr. Li is currently the T.K. Li Endowed Chair in Medical Research at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he serves as director of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and associate director of the Indiana Institute of Personalized Medicine.
Following his doctoral work at the University of Michigan, Dr. Li has served as faculty at Indiana University since 2001. He has developed an international reputation for the use of biomedical informatics and systems pharmacology to evaluate drug efficacies and adverse drug events. Taking advantage of various large-scale biomedical data sources, he and his team successfully discovered and validated epidemiological and pharmacological data for drug interactions, including loratadine/simvastatin-induced myopathy. His translational research has been extensively funded by awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and he is author of more than 175 manuscripts. He currently serves as investigator, co-investigator or mentor on 12 research awards totaling greater than $2 million a year in funding.
Beyond his research experience, Dr. Li is actively involved in leadership as well as education and mentoring. In his role as director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Indiana University, he leads a group of 29 faculty focused on promoting advanced computation and informatics approaches as applied to normal and disease-associated biological processes. Dr. Li is an active educator both in the classroom and laboratory, and has served as a mentor for more than 25 fellows and graduate students during his time on faculty.
Established in 2001, The Ohio State University Department of Biomedical Informatics is home to a rapidly expanding program of basic and applied biomedical informatics innovation, catalyzed by a wealth of driving biological and clinical problems generated by the comprehensive basic science and clinical units that make up the Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine. The department houses undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, professional and distance education programs, as well as a suite of biomedical informatics services targeting the needs of the basic, clinical and translational research communities at Ohio State and in the central Ohio region.
Dr. Li is a nationally recognized star in bioinformatics and Ohio State is fortunate to attract an individual of his caliber. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Li to this new leadership role. As well, I would like to thank Drs. Jeff Parvin (interim chair) and Soledad Fernández (vice chair) for their incredible leadership over this past year.