Research Projects and Interests

Researchers participating in the UWM Doctoral Program in Biomedical and Health Informatics are engaged in many projects supported by grants from NIH, NSF and private sources. They are also supported through the UWM campus Research Growth Initiative and the UWM Graduate School.

The following is an overview of sample research projects. More information can be obtained on individual faculty member web pages.

  • Noise Suppression for Cochlear Implants The work of Dr. Yi Hu involves developing innovative approaches to improve speech intelligibility for users of cochlear implants.
  • Tele-educational System for Dental Radiology This project, led by Dr. Min Wu (UWM) along with collaborators from the Marquette University School of Dentistry, aims to develop an innovative, interactive and web-based educational system for dentists to improve their skills in interpreting dental images with tumors.
  • Laboratory for Public Health and Genomics (LPHIG), directed by Dr. Peter Tonellato, conducts research and promotes collaborations with local, regional and international public health organizations to identify and test the use of genomics, genetics, electronic health records and other environmental data sources to achieve a reduction in inequalities in public health.
  • Image Processing and Biomedical Modeling Dr Zeyun Yu is pursuing a number of projects related to modeling the structure of biological molecules and organs. His work incorporates algorithms for geometic modeling and data visualization.
  • Numerical Modeling of Blood Flow Dr. Vitaly Rayz’s research interests are in biomechanical analysis of cardiovascular disease initiation, progression and treatment. He collaborates with clinicians and scientists at the MCW and the University of California, San Francisco on numerical modeling of blood flow in brain aneurysms with an aim toward developing new computational approaches. This work is funded by the National Institute of Health.
  • The Center for Biomedical Data and Language Processing (BioDLP) fosters research on automated methods of data mining and natural language processing, to identify or interpret content from electronic medical records, biomedical databases, or research articles. The center serves the informational needs of the biomedical, clinical and the wider public community, bringing together expert computer scientists, informaticians, and linguists, with biomedical domain experts, including bio-curators and practicing clinicians.