Faculty and Staff


Robert Davis, Governor’s Chair, MPH

Dr. Robert Davis is the founding director of the UTHSC Center for Biomedical Informatics and the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair in Biomedical Informatics, and a Professor in the UTHSC Dept. Pediatrics. To learn more about Dr. Davis’ research, click here.








Arash Shaban-Nejad, Ph.D.

Dr. Shaban-Nejad is an Assistant Professor at the UTHSC-ORNL Center for Biomedical Informatics. His primary research interest is Population Health Intelligence, Epidemiologic Surveillance, and Big-Data Semantic Analytics through the use of tools and techniques from Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Representation, and Semantic Web, particularly Ontologies and Knowledge Bases, Description Logics, Category Theory, Social Network Theory, Reasoning and Inferencing. To learn more about Dr. Shaban-Nejad’s research, click here.






Akram Mohammed, Ph.D.

Dr. Akram Mohammed is a Data Manager at the UTHSC Center for Biomedical Informatics-Department of Pediatrics. He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics under Dr. Babu Guda from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Mohammed’s research interests include data science, machine learning, and deep learning for precision medicine, cancer classification and host-pathogen interactions. At the center, his work focuses on designing and developing advanced real-time algorithms for predicting the onset of abnormal conditions at the bedside using data streams acquired in intensive care units. He is also keen on conducting research in high-throughput multi-omics data and open-source software development. To learn more about Dr. Mohammed’s research, click here.



Parya Zareie, MS

Parya Zareie is the Data Manager at the UTHSC Center for Biomedical Informatics. She is experienced in data analytics, building and evaluating machine learning algorithms and extrapolating conclusions from large data sets. Her expertise is in the deployment of statistical principles, data visualization, data transformation and conducting routine database maintenance as needed to ensure data integrity.