Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (BIDS)
Virtual Fellowship

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Explore biomedical informatics and data science with field-leading faculty mentors at the world-renowned Washington University School of Medicine – ranked #6 nationally for research.


BIDS empowers trainees to use biomedical informatics and data science tools and technologies, distinguishing themselves from peers applying to advanced degree programs and industry positions.


Choose from tracks in the sub-specialties of translational bioinformatics, applied clinical informatics and population health informatics.

Under the guidance of faculty mentors, the fellowship focuses on the real-world skills needed to support advancements in biomedical informatics and data science. The program culminates with a pitch competition, in which participants present innovative solutions to a panel of judges.

Through weekly seminars, faculty mentorship, and engagement with members of their cohort, participants in this virtual program will build a body of evidence for current and future biomedical informatics practice, while gaining experience applying tools and technologies utilized in biomedical informatics and data science.


This 100% virtual fellowship is a 13-week program that comprises two weeks of preparatory learning followed by 11 weeks of engagement and mentorship. The program begins on Feb. 1, 2021, and ends on April 30, 2021.


  • Translational Bioinformatics
  • Applied Clinical Informatics
  • Population Health Informatics


January 10, 2021




Translational Bioinformatics Track

Sabine M. Dietmann, PhD (
As Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology and Medicine, Dr. Dietmann specializes in the development of integrative multi-omics and machine learning approaches to the complex data sets generated by single-cell sequencing technologies in developmental biology and medicine.

Applied Clinical Informatics Track

Joanna Abraham, PhD (
As Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Dr. Abraham’s research is focused on understanding the use of Health Information Technologies (Health IT) and evaluating its impact on effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare team workflows including team communication, coordination, and decision making.

Chih-Hung Chang, PhD (
As Professor of Occupational Therapy, Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Chang is focused on the integration of methodology and technology to improve patient care quality and safety through efficient yet comprehensive assessment, education and management of patients, their family members, and healthcare professionals.

Aditi Gupta, PhD (
As Instructor in Biostatistics within the Division of Biostatistics, Dr. Gupta’s research is focused on clinical informatics, computational phenotyping, and integration of clinical and biomolecular phenotypes.

Andrew P. Michelson, MD (
As Director for Critical Care Informatics Research, Dr. Michelson is a physician-scientist with research interests in critical care outcomes, clinical informatics, and healthcare technology. His interests revolve around the direct application of emerging healthcare technologies and informatics tools within the hospital system to improve the delivery of precision care.

Population Health Informatics Track

Randi Foraker, PhD, MA, FAHA, FAMIA (
As Director of the Center for Population Health Informatics, Dr. Foraker has expertise in building risk prediction models and developing and testing interactive clinical decision support tools for improving the health and well-being of communities.

Beth Prusaczyk, PhD, MSW (
As Instructor of Medicine within the Division of General Medical Sciences, Dr. Prusaczyk is an implementation scientist who specializes in improving healthcare for older adults and other vulnerable populations by understanding how to better implement existing research findings into real-world practice and policy through the use of healthcare data and systems and team science.

Fellowship Director

Randi Foraker, PhD, MA, FAHA, FAMIA
Associate Professor
Institute for Informatics (I2)
Director, Center for Population Health Informatics at I2
Director, Public Health Data & Training Center, Institute for Public Health
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis