Department of Biomedical Informatics

Alumni Spotlight

Kate Goodin '16
MS in Biomedical Informatics

Undergraduate Major: Microbiology

Area of Specialization: Public Health Informatics

Research Topic/Project: Evaluation of Health Information Exchange Connection for a Local Public Health Department

Current Employer: Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Phoenix, AZ, Epidemiology and Data Services Program Manager

What would you say to someone considering a degree in Biomedical Informatics?
It is important to get real world experience in your desired field either prior to joining the program or during your program through an internship or volunteer experience.  This really helps you figure out the skills and competencies you will need to be successful in your future field and therefore makes the course work and lectures much more meaningful and valuable.

Sen Peng '15
PhD in Biomedical Informatics

Undergraduate Major: Biotechnology

Area of Specialization: Bioinformatics

Research Topic/Project:

  • Developed automated Whole-genome, Exome and RNA sequencing data analysis pipeline for high-throughput Next Generation Genomic Sequencing (NGS)
  • Designed and developed an algorithm for fetal heart rate (FHR) pattern recognition (baseline, acceleration, deceleration, etc.) using C++ and Java to deliver usable information in real time to help clinicians make knowledge-driven decisions
  • Developed, deployed & monitored Predictive Models for a newborn's physical condition (Apgar score) using SAS enterprise Miner
  • Conducted statistical and data mining (E.g. survival & PCA) analysis of brain tumor samples in large public database (TCGA) 

Current employer: Bioinformatician / Staff Scientist, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Phoenix, AZ

What would you say to someone considering a degree in Biomedical Informatics?
In the field of disease treatment, “one size” doesn’t fit all. Two major trends in the biomedical sciences are converging these days - "Big Data" and "Precision Medicine". It is vital to take individual genetic variability into account when optimizing the prevention and treatment strategies for patients.Biomedical Informatics plays an important role in bridging the gap among big data, biological significances and clinical application.Specifically, I would suggest a project-based learning - to apply informatics skills and concepts through multiple real-world projects.

Pooja Raghani '15
MS in Biomedical Informatics

Undergraduate Major: Biochemistry

Area of Specialization: Clinical Informatics

Research Topic/Project: Mediating Technology in the Self-Management of Diabetes

Current employer: Client Success Manager at Phreesia

What would you say to someone considering a degree in Biomedical Informatics?
I chose this degree because it was a way to apply my interest in technology to the very humanistic goal of improving patient care. In our increasingly digital society, technology has made great waves in revolutionizing industries like education, travel, and commerce. A degree in biomedical informatics will give you a front-row seat into the digital revolution happening in healthcare.