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Adela Grando

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics


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  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of California San Diego, Division of Biomedical Informatics
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow , University of Edinburgh (UK), School of Informatics, COSSAC, UK Cancer Research
  • PhD , Formal Languages and Applications, Rovira i Virgili University (Spain)


Maria Adela Grando joined the Biomedical Informatics Department in late 2013. She has a extensive postdoctoral training in Biomedical Informatics and holds a PhD in Computer Science in the field of Formal Languages and Applications.

Before joining ASU, she trained at the Division of Biomedical Informatics at the University of California, San Diego as a postdoctoral researcher. At UCSD she worked on the development of ontology-based clinical decision support aids, and she lead research projects to build electronic informed consent management systems to empower patients to take informed decisions. Previously, she joined UK Cancer Research at the University of Edinburgh as a postdoctoral researcher. At UK Cancer Research she worked on the development of cognitive-based decision support systems for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Research Interests

Dr. Grando's research can be framed into the field of Artificial Intelligence, and more specifically into knowledge representation and reasoning for deploying Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS). Dr. Grando's work focuses on the development of languages, frameworks and applications for CDSS inspired by cognitive theories.  Her research goal is to innovate on the formal foundations of CDSS, but also to create frameworks and develop applications to facilitate the implementation, incorporation, and use of CDSS in health care.

She is particularly interested on Information Technology for Patient Empowerment in Healthcare. She is leading projects focused on building portable decision aids that support patient's decision process. For instance, mobile apps for in-home disease management control, and tablet-based electronic systems to educate patients on informed consent processes. 

Research Activity