iDASH Team

iDASH Team

iDASH Director

Lucila Ohno-Machado

LucilaOhnoMachado_small.jpgLucila Ohno-Machado, MD, MBA, PhD, Training core director, is a Professor of Medicine and founding chief of the Division of Biomedical Informatics at UCSD. She is associate dean for informatics and technology and has experience leading multidisciplinary projects at the intersections of biomedicine and quantitative sciences. Her research group focuses on biomedical pattern recognition from large data sets, statistical learning, and privacy technology. The group has also accepted a critical role at UCSD Medical Center, including development of tools for quality assessment and the implementation of a clinical data repository for research, and the leadership of the Data Access Task Force, which establishes the policies and mechanisms for researchers to access the UCSD data. Dr. Ohno-Machado is also director of the Biomedical Research Informatics for Global Health training program.

iDASH Core Directors

Claudiu Farcas

Claudiu Farcas's PhotoClaudiu Farcas, PhD, Infrastructure core director, is an Assistant Research Scientist in the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). His major research interests are software engineering for embedded and large-scale distributed systems, virtual execution environments, portable real-time components, programming languages, networking, and Web technologies. He leads the architecture and development efforts of the cyber-infrastructure for delivering computational services related to data analysis, data integration, and privacy technologies.

Michele Day

Michele Day's PhotoMichele Day, PhD, Dissemination core director, is a Program Manager in the UCSD School of Medicine's Department of Biomedical Informatics. Starting her career with a background in bioinformatics, proteomics, cell biology, and biochemistry, she has broadened her research interests to include biomedical informatics, distributed computational analysis, and patient-centered research. She has many years of technical writing experience and also provides writing and editing consultation and assistance.

Vineet Bafna

Vineet Bafna's PhotoVineet Bafna, PhD, R&D core director, is a Professor in the UCSD Computer Science and Engineering department, where his primary interest is in bioinformatics. He has published on many aspects of this field, including genome rearrangements, multiple alignments, RNA structure, gene finding, DNA signals, mass spectrometric data analysis, and human population genetics. He will supervise and take part in the development of algorithms for efficient analysis of large biomedical data sets integrated from multiple sources, with particular emphasis on algorithms to manage and analyze data from massively parallel sequencing technologies.

iDASH Director

Lucila Ohno-Machado

LucilaOhnoMachado_small.jpgLucila Ohno-Machado, MD, MBA, PhD, Training core director, is a Professor of Medicine and founding chief of the Division of Biomedical Informatics at UCSD. She is associate dean for informatics and technology and has experience leading multidisciplinary projects at the intersections of biomedicine and quantitative sciences. Her research group focuses on biomedical pattern recognition from large data sets, statistical learning, and privacy technology. The group has also accepted a critical role at UCSD Medical Center, including development of tools for quality assessment and the implementation of a clinical data repository for research, and the leadership of the Data Access Task Force, which establishes the policies and mechanisms for researchers to access the UCSD data. Dr. Ohno-Machado is also director of the Biomedical Research Informatics for Global Health training program.

iDASH PIs

Elena Martinez

Elena Martinez's PhotoElena Martinez, PhD is Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, having joined the UC San Diego faculty in 2012. She holds the Sam M. Walton Endowed Chair for Cancer Research and Co-leads the Reducing Cancer Disparities Program at the Moores Cancer Center. Dr. Martinez holds a PhD in Epidemiology and a Master’s in Public Health. Dr. Martinez’s research interests in colorectal cancer prevention began during the conduct of her doctoral dissertation and extended into her post-doctoral studies at the Harvard School of Public Health. She had a very active research portfolio at the University of Arizona, including RO1 funding and program leadership in a Program Project (PO1) and a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) program. She has published extensively in areas of epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, and cancer prevention. Her research currently focuses on breast cancer in Hispanic women, with a prominent leadership role in the Ella Binational Breast Cancer Study. Nationally, she has established herself as a strong leader in the area of cancer health disparities; evidence of this is her appointment as recent chair of the American Association for Cancer Research Minorities in Cancer Research Council.

Elisa Lee

Lee's PhotoElisa T. Lee, PhD, is Regents Professor and George Lynn Cross Research Professor of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. She also directs the Center for American Indian Health Research in the College. Her research interests are in the epidemiology and prevention of diabetes, eye disease and cardiovascular diseases. She has been the principal investigators of a number of large federally funded research projects, such as the Strong Heart Study, the WHO Multinational Study of Vascular Disease in Diabetes, Vision Keepers, Native American Prevention Center, and the Oklahoma Native EXPORT Center. She has published 250 papers and a book entitled Statistical Methods for Survival Data Analysis, 4th edition. Dr. Lee is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and has served on many NIH, CDC and IOM advisory committees.

Gregory Talavera

NAME HERE's PhotoGregory A. Talavera, MD, MPH. is Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences in the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University and Co-Director of the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health Studies (IBACH). He is the San Diego Field Site principal investigator and Steering Committee chair for the landmark Hispanic Community Health Study. His research focuses on bio-behavioral interventions to reduce chronic disease disparities in the Latino community.

Ian Komenaka

Ian Komenaka's PhotoDr. Ian Komenaka, is the Breast surgical oncologist at Maricopa Medical Center, which is the county, safety net hospital Phoenix, AZ. The population seen in my Breast Clinic is 90% underinsured or uninsured and 60% minorities. This makes Maricopa Medical Center an ideal site for recruitment of patients not normally involved in prospective trials. Maricopa Medical Center has established a track record of successfully recruiting minority patients to prospective studies, such as the ELLA Binational Study and the City of Hope Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment Prospective Registry. More recently, he completed training with Dr. Jeffrey Weitzel, a leading expert in Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment Counseling at City of Hope and has been able to provide a service to this underserved patient population that was previously not available.

Jane Burns

Jane Burns's PhotoJane Burns, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics in the UCSD School of Medicine and Director of the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UCSD. In 2009 she received the Pioneer Award for Kawasaki Disease Research. Chosen for her outstanding commitment, compassion, and life-long career devoted to Kawasaki Disease research, awareness and treatment, Dr. Burns will be the lead investigator on iDASH’s Kawasaki genomics project.

Sheila Castañeda

Castañeda's PhotoSheila F. Castañeda, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University and a Core Investigator at the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health (IBACH). Her research interests involve addressing health disparities through academic-community partnerships with a focus on preventive service utilization and chronic disease management.

Chisato Shimizu

Chisato Shimizu's PhotoChisato Shimizu, PhD, is an Associate Project Scientist in the UCSD School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics. With a background as a pediatrician in Japan, Dr. Shimizu joined Dr. Burns at the Kawasaki Disease Research Center and has worked on different aspects of Kawasaki Disease (KD) pathogenesis and genetics. She is investigator on iDASH's Kawasaki genomics project, sequencing microRNAs from KD samples.

Kamalika Chaudhuri

Kamalika Chaudhuri's PhotoKamalika Chaudhuri, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the UCSD Computer Science and Engineering department. She is an expert on machine learning, with numerous publications, particularly on learning of Mixture Models, online learning and tracking, approximation algorithms, and privacy preserving machine learning. She is involved in developing tools and algorithms for preserving privacy while allowing access to large multi-source databases.

Karen Messer

Karen Messer's PhotoKaren Messer, PhD, is a Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at UCSD. She leads the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center. She has developed techniques for regression recalibration and has collaborated extensively with biomedical and behavioral researchers in developing new methods for pattern recognition in cancer. She consults on statistical methods related to whole genome sequence analysis.

Kevin Patrick

Kevin Patrick's PhotoKevin Patrick, MD, MS, is a Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine in the UCSD School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at UCSD's Qualcomm Institute/Calit2.  His research focuses on the use of information and communication technology to measure and improve health-related behaviors of individuals and populations. He is Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Data Exploration Project and a Senior Advisor to the RWJF Active Living Research program.

Robert El-Kareh

Robert El-Kareh's PhotoRobert El-Kareh, MD, MS, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the UCSD School of Medicine's Division of Biomedical Informatics. His research interests include developing and implementing electronic systems to improve decision-making and patient safety at the point of care. He is working towards creating new decision-support systems aimed at improving the speed and accuracy of diagnosis. He teaches a course on introduction to clinical environments.

 

Xiaoqian Jiang

Xiaoqian Jiang's PhotoXiaoqian Jiang, PhD, is a postdoctoral scientist in the UCSD School of Medicine’s Division of Biomedical Informatics. His expertise is in data privacy and machine learning. He has done research on imbalanced medical data analysis, predictive model calibration, and privacy-preserving data mining. His current research focuses on developing practical and scalable technologies for biomedical data analysis, anonymization, and sharing.

Luca Bonomi

Luca Bonomi's PhotoLuca Bonomi, PhD, is a Post Doc fellow in the Division of Biomedical Informatics at UCSD. His research interests include privacy and security in databases, data mining and algorithm design. He is currently working on designing effective privacy preserving solutions for patient similarity search, data sharing and data integration in modern healthcare systems.

Elizabeth Bell

Elizabeth Bell 's PhotoElizabeth Bell joined the iDASH team after participating in the summer internship program for 3 years. Her research focuses are informed consent and ethics. She will be helping recruit participants for informed consent studies, and assisting in other research projects. Elizabeth received her B.S. in environmental biology in 2011 and is finishing her thesis for her MPH degree from the University of Minnesota. 

Jihoon Kim

Jihoon Kim's PhotoJihoon Kim, MS, is senior statistician for the Division of Biomedical Informatics. He has a master’s degree in statistics and has extensive experience in supporting investigators in various statistical matters, including design of experiments, sample size calculations, implementation of software to support statistical analyses, and reporting results in scientific publications. Furthermore, he has a master’s degree in bioinformatics, and has led the development of open-source software for integration of gene expression data from diverse platforms.

Paulina Paul

Paulina Paul's PhotoPaulina Paul, MS, is a Software Developer in the UCSD School of Medicine's Division of Biomedical Informatics.

Rita Kurtz

Rita Kurtz's PhotoRita Kurtz, B.A., is a Research Associate in the UCSD School of Medicine's Division of Biomedical Informatics. Her research interests include Public and Behavioral Health.

iDASH Advisory Board

Cynthia Dwork

Cynthia Dwork's PhotoCynthia Dwork, Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research, is widely known for placing privacy-preserving data analysis on a mathematically rigorous foundation. Dr. Dwork has also made seminal contributions in cryptography and distributed computing, and is a recipient of the Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize, recognizing some of her earliest work establishing the pillars on which every fault-tolerant system has been built for decades. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Deven McGraw

Deven McGraw's PhotoDeven McGraw, is the Director of the Health Privacy Project at CDT, where she focuses on developing and promoting workable privacy and security protections for electronic personal health information. Ms. McGraw is active in efforts to advance the adoption of health information technology and electronic health information exchange to improve individual and population health. She was appointed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the Health Information Technology Policy Committee and chairs its Privacy and Security Workgroup (the Tiger Team). She has testified on health privacy and security issues before Congress six times since 2008. Prior to joining CDT, Ms. McGraw was the Chief Operating Officer of the National Partnership for Women & Families, providing strategic direction and oversight for the organization’s core program areas, including promotion of initiatives to improve health care quality. Ms. McGraw also was an associate in the public policy group at Patton Boggs, LLP and in the health care group at Ropes & Gray. She also served as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Governor of Massachusetts.

Katherine Kim

Katherine Kim's PhotoKatherine Kim, is Professor in Residence at San Francisco State University’s Health Equity Institute. Her research focuses on the role of technology in consumer/patient engagement in KePe/health and the associated policy issues, particularly in the areas of mobile health, distributed electronic research networks, and health information exchange. She is a member of the Consumer Empowerment Workgroup of the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) HIT Policy Committee. And, she is currently PI or advisor on numerous research grants in this area. Ms. Kim has over 20 years of experience with hospitals and medical groups, as an entrepreneur--CEO of a venture-funded startup, leader of a business incubator, and Founder and President of Kim Consultants—and in software product development with Oracle. Ms. Kim received a BA in Biology from Harvard, MPH and MBA from UC Berkeley, and is a PhD candidate at University of California Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Keith Norris

Keith Norris's PhotoKeith Norris, is an internationally recognized research investigator and health policy leader who has been instrumental in shaping national health policy and clinical practice guidelines. During 2007-2012 he ranked among the top 50 most highly funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) investigators in the nation, and among the three most highly cited scientists in the world in the area of chronic kidney disease and health disparities. Dr. Norris has a long and distinguished career at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), where he has served since 2006 as executive vice president for research and health affairs. He is also an assistant dean for clinical and translational science at the Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. From 2009-2010 he served as interim president at CDU where he was instrumental in leading the university from financial collapse and probationary status by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to financial stability and full accreditation. His research interests focus on hypertension and chronic kidney disease (CKD) in African Americans. Other research areas include the role of Vitamin D and oxidative stress in health disparities, and enhancing community-academic partnerships. He has extensive experience in patient recruitment and retention and community-partnered research within the South Los Angeles community.

Pamela Sankar

Pamela Sankar's PhotoPamela Sankar, is Associate Professor of Bioethics in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the ethical and social impacts of genetic research and on how scientists define and use race in research.

Peter Tarczy-Hornoch

Peter Tarczy-Hornoch's PhotoPeter Tarczy-Hornoch, is an elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and an elected member of the Society for Pediatric Research. He serves as the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (BIME) and Head of the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics. He serves as: Co-Director for the University of Washington (UW) BHI Research Training grant; Director of the Biomedical Informatics (BMI) Core of the local CTSA - the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS); Chief, Research and Data Integration, UW Medicine Information Technology Services; Associate Director/BMI Core Lead of the Northwest Institute of Genetic Medicine. He teaches the required medical school course HuBio 590 Medical Information for Decision Making. Dr. Tarczy-Hornoch’s own research has included: a) real time biomedical instrumentation control system, b) bench research and mathematical modeling of liquid ventilation, c) clinical information systems, d) electronic clinical knowledge resources. His current foundational research in collaboration with computer scientists focuses on data integration of biomedical and health data including looking at ways of handling semi-structured data, representing uncertainty at various levels in the system, and doing computerized reasoning over integrated data.