Current CHIP Students

Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics

Jeff Barnes

PharmD, Creighton University
BS, Chemistry, Colorado State University

Jeff Barnes is currently a Pharmacist and Captain in the US Air Force. Jeff has particular interest in ocular recognition, 3D cameras, virtualization, and interface standardization. He hopes to graduate and continue serving in the Air Force as a pharmacy informatics and technology expert.

Tamara Blakeney

BS, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tamara is currently a Social Clinical Research Assistant for the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She is interested in exploring the use of informatics in research and healthcare.

Sofia Dard

BA, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sofia Dard’s research interests include EHR interoperability, next-gen sequencing analysis, and using technology to improve Molecular Tumor Boards. Her big picture goal is to use her MPS degree to expand access to and options for personalized medicine.

Ayushi Gupta

MBA, Health and Hospital Management, IHMR University, India
Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Rajasthan Health Science University, India

Ayushi is a passionate Healthcare Professional and a Health IT enthusiast. With over 4 years of diverse healthcare administrative work experience, she worked towards improvement of patient care by clinical practice, hospital information system project management, and operations and quality management of Emergency and Trauma care center. Ayushi is interested in contributing her administration and project management skills towards the field of Health Informatics.

Wayne Homan

MD, Tulane University
MS, Cellular Molecular Biology, Tulane University
BS, Cellular Molecular Biology, Tulane University
BS, Electrical Engineering, US Navel Academy

Kathryn Morbitzer

PharmD, Wayne State University

Kathryn Morbitzer, PharmD, is currently working as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics and Assistant Professor of Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.  Prior to this, she completed her Doctor of Pharmacy training at Wayne State University, residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina, and post-doctoral fellowship training at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.  During her training, she focused on optimizing the medication management of critically ill patients by creating disease specific health information systems to help establish data-driven best practices.  This led her to apply for the Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics program to align her career goal of improving the quality of care of hospitalized patients through establishing a research data infrastructure.  

Holli White

BS, Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Holli is currently working as a Client Solutions Analyst at Optum Analytics.

Fei Yu

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, USA
MM, Wuhan University, China
BA, Wuhan University, China

Fei is currently working as research associate at the Laboratory of Applied Informatics Research at SILS. She is also a research assistant at the Health Sciences Library working with NCTraCS for research impact evaluation. Fei is interested in usability assessment of electronic health record systems, data analytics and visualization, and research impact metrics. She was an intern in UNC Health Care. Her goal is to integrate her interests and background in health informatics to achieve more interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Luyao Zhang

MS, Genetics, Fudan University, China
Bachelor of Medicine, Fudan University, China

Luyao’s interests include mobile health and using information technology to facilitate precision medicine. He hopes to acquire multiple skill sets in the BMHI program and seek career opportunities in mHealth.

Clinical Information Science

John Bulluck

BA, Psychology, East Carolina University

Laura Green

MBA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, Wellesley College

Laura is currently the Research Program Manager for the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Integrated Cancer Information and Surveillance System. Her prior experience includes IT management consulting and research lab management. Her primary area of focus is operationalizing health information technology to realize its benefits in real world environments.

James Hill

BS, University of South Carolina at Columbia
MD, Medical University of South Carolina
MPH, Yale School of Public Health

Jim is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Program Director for the PM&R residency program as well as the Medical Director, Occupational Health, for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is interested in leveraging the advancements in health care information technology to enhance the training environment in academic health care centers.

Michelle Erin Johnson

BA, Boston University

Michelle is the Assistant Director for Innovation Solutions at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a part-time CHIP student. Michelle’s primary role at Gillings is to provide school innovators and entrepreneurs with guidance and connections to translate their ideas into public health solutions. She previously worked in the technology transfer office at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she facilitated the translation of research discoveries into the clinic through industry partnerships, intellectual property protection, and licensing. Michelle is interested in clinical research informatics, and looks forward to working on projects to integrate clinical and research databases for the advancement of translational research and improvement of patient care. 

Natalie Le

Student in the Master of Science in Public Health program at UNC-Chapel Hill
BBM, Finance, Singapore Management University

Natalie is interested in using informatics and analytics to solve problems in health care.

Adam Lee

MBA, King University
BIT, Information Technology, King University

Adam is currently a Research Informatics Specialist for the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Science Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. Adam performs data mining and provisioning for biomedical and health informatics research across multiple disciplines. Additionally, he specializes in integration and interfacing of research technologies and providing new and expanded services for the research community. Adam aims to leverage clinical, financial, and operational data to advance health informatics tools, processes, and practices to a broader research community.

Sunhwa Park

MSIS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA, Teaching (Mathematics Education), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sunhwa is interested in data analytics and health informatics.

Drew Peng

BS, Material Science and Engineering, minor: Economics, Northwestern University

Drew is currently a local investment professional with a background in corporate strategy and private equity. He is interested in the development and usage of technology in the healthcare industry and is pursuing the certificate program to deepen his understanding of this emerging field.

Kathy Peticolas

BS, Liberal Arts, Regents College

Kathy has been the Data Coordinator for the UNC Hospital Ethics Committee since 2012.  She has previously worked as a database developer, fraud analyst and project manager, primarily for the Texas Department of State Health Services.  Kathy would like to continue working with health-related data to improve systems for patients and providers.

Natallia Riddick

PhD, Pharmacology, Wake Forest University
BS, Biochemistry, Campbell University

Natallia currently works in a Mouse Behavioral Phenotyping Core at Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. This laboratory is involved in investigation of various genetic modifications associated with developmental and psychiatric disorders and their effect on animal behavior and subsequently disease characteristics and treatment outcomes in a clinic. Natallia’s scientific background gives her a great set of skills that together with the clinical information science certificate will provide her the practical technical skills needed for a successful transition to data management in a clinical research setting.

James Triglianos

BA, Psychology, Fordham University
Current Certifications: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), Green belt in Six Sigma, ITILv3 Foundations certified and also completed the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 10×10 curriculum

James is a Senior Manager at Cisco Systems within their Professional Services organization. His team of engineers are responsible for healthcare customers across the U.S. with a mission to not only assist customers with implementing data networks but to become more familiar with customer business challenges and determine how information technology can help address them. This requires understanding unique aspects of the healthcare setting, industry best practices, regulations, etc. James intends to use knowledge gained through the CIS certificate program to better train his engineers to better serve their customers.

Public Health Informatics


Tom Basson

Joel Jennings

Tobias McNulty

Mary Pat Duncan

Nathan Phillips

Cameron Musler

Krista Wharton

Allison Young


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