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2019 Summer Internship

9th Annual UCSD Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) Summer Internship Program Symposium

Friday August 23, 2018 8:00 AM - Noon, Pacific Time (US and Canada) at BRF-II 5A-03 (top floor conference room)

Previously, over 100 summer interns participated this program. This year, a total of 14 students will be presenting during the symposium.





08:00 - 08:05

Professor, Chair - UC San Diego Health, Department of Biomedical Informatics


08:05 – 08:20
Keynote Speaker

Valerie Florance, PhD, FACMI
Director of Extramural Programs Division and Associate Director of National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Careers in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science: 3 Questions

08:20 - 08:35

Andrew Shen
Full Stack Web Development and Database Design

Advisors: Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado, Kai Post, and Paulina Paul
08:35 - 08:50

Marehan Waly
Full Stack Web Development and Database Design

Advisors: Dr. Lucila Ohno-MachadoKai Post, and Paulina Paul
08:50 - 09:05

Jeffrey Tellew
Contract-based On-chain Training Certificate Logging

Advisors: Dr. Tsung-Ting Kuo and Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado
09:05 - 09:20

Jade Licerio
Diabetic Care and Prevention

Advisors: Dr. Amy Sitapati and Dr. Barbara Berkovich
09:20 - 09:35

Joshua Fuller
Using NLP for Vancomycin induced Toxicity

Advisor: Dr. Jejo Koola 
09:35 - 09:50
Charles Yu
Using Digital Phenotyping to Assess Cognitive Status of Patients with Advanced Liver Disease

Advisor: Dr. Jejo Koola
09:50 - 10:05

Yoon Kang
HRS Risk Prediction

Advisor: Dr. Jejo Koola
10:05 - 10:10
Break and Group Picture
10:10 - 10:25

Gabriela Betancourt
Revamping the Antibiotic Time Out Workflow 

Advisor: Dr. Robert El-Kareh
10:25 - 10:40

Scott Phillips
Annotation and Reporting of Cancer Bio-Repository Data

Advisor: Dr. Olivier Harismendy
10:40 - 10:55

Justin Castro

Applying Supervised Learning to Aid the Coding of Qualitative Data

Advisors: Dr. Cinnamon Bloss and Dr. Jejo Koola
10:55 - 11:10

vin Ngo
Using Deep Learning to Assist in Coding Qualitative Research Data

Advisors: Dr. Cinnamon Bloss and Dr. Jejo Koola
11:10 - 11:25

Madeleine Myers
Physician Perceptions of Consumer Health Technology

Advisor: Dr. Cinnamon Bloss
​11:25 - 11:40

​Sneha Lakshmanan
Interplay of Decision Styles and Attitudes Toward Privacy in a Large Patient Cohort

Advisor: Dr. Cinnamon Bloss
​11:40 - 11:55

Bolarin Lawrence
Information Visualization for CURES Data

Advisors: Dr. Gregory Polston and Dr. Jejo Koola
​11:55 - 12:00

Jejo Koola, MD, MS
Internship Director

Tsung-Ting Kuo, PhD
Internship Director



About the DBMI Summer Internship Program

Since 2011, we have organized an annual 8 - 10 week summer biomedical informatics internship program that has been funded by research grants or cooperative agreements. The summer internship program includes a structured orientation, weekly scientific presentations by faculty, organized social events and an internship symposium, which is webcast. We have hosted over 100 trainees from over 40 institutions as part of our summer internship, including trainees for the NIH Short Term Training Positions (STTP) program. The program has generated more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and dozens of scientific posters.  The internship uses a project-based curriculum where interns need to select a project and mentor during the application process. Trainees work on projects covering a wide range of topics relevant to biomedical informatics, including data integration, image processing, natural language processing (NLP) tools, data sharing and privacy technology, etc.