Instructor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Analytics Consultant, OSU Health Plan


Dr. Tasneem Motiwala is an Instructor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. Her position is completely funded by The Ohio State University Health Plan (OSUHP). Her primary research interests are to integrate disparate sources of data from the payer (OSUHP) for assessing risks for chronic diseases with the long-term goal of informing enrollment in member engagement programs for improving health of the members and effectively enhancing business outcomes. With her background in molecular biology she is also interested in bioinformatics projects related to drug repurposing for identifying novel therapeutic options for liver cancer and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Prior to taking on a faculty position in BMI, Dr. Motiwala jointed the Department of Biomedical Informatics in June 2014 as a National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow (CTRIP: Clinical and Translational Research Informatics Training Program) in the department. During her CTRIP fellowship, Dr. Motiwala completed a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree with Specialization in Biomedical Informatics. Prior to joining BMI, Dr. Motiwala had a 13-year career as a research scientist in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University. Dr. Motiwala has received a B.S. in Microbiology & Biochemistry and a M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Bombay, India. She received her PhD in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology from The Ohio State University in 2001.

Education and Training

MPH, Biomedical Informatics, The Ohio State University, 2015

PhD, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, The Ohio State University, 2001

MS, Biochemistry, University of Bombay, Bombay, India, 1996

BS, Microbiology & Biochemistry, University of Bombay, Bombay, India, 1994


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