BHI PhD Research Opportunities

The BHI program resides within the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences (PQHS), which includes more than 35 faculty members with research spanning molecular pathways to computational Big Data. PQHS is one of the largest department in the CWRU School of Medicine, which has consistently ranked among the top 25 medical schools in the nation.

PQHS faculty members are engaged in highly inter-disciplinary research with collaborators from around the world and across the highly-ranked CWRU School of Engineering, the Weatherhead School of Business, the School of Law, and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

PQHS faculty members are involved in fundamental research in machine learning, Big Data, network analysis, biostatistics, epidemiology, genetics, community health, electronic health record (EHR) systems, natural language processing, predictive modeling, data integration, observational studies, and geographical information system.

Some examples of faculty research include:

Computing and Neuroinformatics: Dr. Satya Sahoo’s work is focused on integrative analysis of brain connectivity data for characterizing spatiotemporal characteristics of epilepsy seizure networks using computational neuroscience approaches. More details can be found here.

Drug Discovery and AI: Dr. Rong Xu’s research is focused on facilitating biomedical discovery and improving health care delivery by promoting efficient biomedical knowledge flow among biomedical researchers, physicians and patients.

Genetic Informatics:  Dr. William Bush’s research uses big data technologies to understand the functional impact of genetic variation, and for developing and applying statistical and bioinformatics approaches to large-scale genomic datasets.

Additionally, several PQHS faculty members are also part of the Cleveland Institute for Computational Biology (CICB), which is leading research in collaboration with colleagues in the Cleveland Clinic, the MetroHealth System, University Hospitals Health System, and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veteran Affairs Medical Center.  (Learn more about the institute here.

Finally, the informatics core of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) of Cleveland, a multi-institutional NIH project, is led by the chair of PQHS department, Dr. Jonathan Haines. The CTSC project enables students to gain invaluable experience in translational research. Read more about the Cleveland CTSC here.

To learn more about other research opportunities, contact the program director.