National Library of Medicine (NLM), T15 Predoctoral & Postdoctoral Training Grant



The Biomedical Informatics and Data Sciences (BIDS) program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a National Library of Medicine (NLM) T15 Training Grant. The NLM training grant funds predoctoral (PhD) and postdoctoral trainees in the Hopkins Biomedical Informatics and Data Sciences Graduate Program for five years through 2027.

The co-Directors are Christopher Chute MD, DrPH and Hadi Kharrazi MD, PhD.

  • Dr. Chute is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Informatics, Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing at Johns Hopkins University, and Chief Research Information Officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He leads the Biomedical Informatics and Data Science section of the Department of Medicine.
  • Dr. Kharrazi is the director of the DrPH Informatics track at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. In the Hopkins School of Medicine, he is the director of the Health Sciences Informatics PhD and MSc Research programs, Biomedical Informatics and Data Science.

Fellowship Program - Trainees

The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Additional details on citizenship, training period, and aggregate duration of support are available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Areas of research:

  • Clinical Research Informatics
  • Healthcare/Clinical Informatics
  • Translational Bioinformatics
  • Public Health Informatics

In 2022, we were awarded the NIH National Library of Medicine (NLM) biomedical informatics training grant. Individuals seeking graduate degrees leading to research careers in biomedical informatics, who are US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or have permanent residency status (as evidenced by Card I-551), are eligible. 

The NLM fellowship is awarded after acceptance into the biomedical informatics graduate degree programs. Application for admission to graduate studies is made directly through the Johns Hopkins Graduate admissions portal here.

Please consult the BIDS program's website for application details here.

For questions regarding the predoctoral trainee positions, please contact JH Informatics

All trainees are required to pursue their research training full time, normally defined as 40 hours per week, or as specified by the sponsoring institution in accordance with its own policies. Appointments are normally made in 12-month increments, and no trainee may be appointed for less than 9 months during the initial period of appointment, except with prior approval of the awarding unit, or when trainees are appointed to approved, short-term training positions.

Predoctoral trainees must have received a baccalaureate degree by the beginning date of their appointment and must be enrolled in a program leading to a PhD or in an equivalent research doctoral degree program. Health-professional students who wish to interrupt their studies for a year or more to engage in full-time research training before completing their formal training programs, are also eligible.

About the Biomedical Informatics and Data Sciences program at Hopkins

In keeping with the tradition of the Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the program seeks excellence and commitment in its students to further the prevention and management of disease through the continued exploration and development of health IT. Division resources include a highly collaborative clinical faculty committed to research at the patient, provider and system levels. The admissions process will be highly selective and finely calibrated to complement the expertise of faculty mentors.

Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Comparable doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to, the following: D.M.D., DC, DO, DVM., OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, DrPH, DNSc, DPT, PharmD, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), DSW, PsyD, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing research. Documentation by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution certifying all degree requirements have been met prior to the beginning date of the training appointment is acceptable. Individuals in postgraduate clinical training, who wish to interrupt their studies for a year or more to engage in full-time research training before completing their formal training programs, are also eligible

    We invite applicants for postdoctoral training for research careers in biomedical informatics and data science. Such training helps meet the growing need for investigators trained in biomedical computing, data science and related information fields as they directly relate to application domains in health and biomedicine, including health care delivery, basic biomedical research, clinical and translational research, public health and similar areas. 

    NLM-Funded T15 Training Grant Postdoctoral Fellowships Available

    We have two fully-funded postdoctoral fellowship positions on the NIH T15 Biomedical Informatics and Data Science training grant. Requirements to apply are a statement of research, a curriculum vitae, and the names of faculty members aligned with your research interests.

    NLM candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Individuals from underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

    Please contact JH Informatics for details or if you have any questions.


    Meet the Predoctoral trainees:


    Anas Belouali


    Anas is a PhD student in the Health Science Informatics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Anas is an experienced Health Data Scientist with a background in software and data engineering, predictive modeling, and a history of leading and implementing data science projects in healthcare. Prior to joining the PhD program, Anas earned two master’s degrees in computer engineering and systems medicine. He previously worked as a research faculty at the Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics at Georgetown University, where he led research efforts in clinical informatics and health IT, and taught in the Master's program in Health Informatics & Data Science.


    Woo Yean Park


    Woo Yeon Park is a Health Science Informatics PhD student at Johns Hopkins University. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of California, San Diego and a master’s degree in Business Analytics at the University of Rochester. She previously worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center using institutional databases to improve quality and safety. She also worked as a data scientist at a health technology company to bridge the gaps in medication adherence and medication affordability. She is passionate about empowering patients and clinicians through informatics innovations and data science methods.


    Mahnoor Ahmed


    Mahnoor (Noor) Ahmed is a Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Informatics and Data Science program. Her research interests lie at the intersection of digital health and clinical informatics. Noor holds a B.A. in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University, and a M.Eng. from Duke University in biomedical engineering. She joins Johns Hopkins University with several years of experience in health care operations and digital health policy.


    Brooke Lawler

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    Brooke Lawler is Ph.D. student in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science program and is a pharmacist with an interest in healthcare technology and data science. She holds a dual Doctor of Pharmacy/ M.S. in Health Informatics from The University of Iowa. Her previous research leveraged prescription claims and EHR data to better understand prescribing habits and improve patient care and safety. She joins the BIDS PhD program eager to learn how technology systems and data science can improve medication utilization and safety to enhance clinical outcomes.


    Star Liu

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    Named after the Lone Star State, Star Liu grew up in Shanghai, China. Star graduated from Emory University with a B.S. in Quantitative Sciences (concentration in Biology). He is a graduate of the BIDS master’s program and an incoming predoctoral student. During his master’s, he worked on a range of research projects, touching on various aspects of biomedical informatics. He worked on decision making in machine learning, information retrieval, OHDSI, phenotyping, data quality, and others. He’s interested in many problems in the healthcare space and has a hard time picking out his favorite.


    Meet the Postdoctoral Trainees:


    Ben Martin

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    Ben Martin is an NLM T15 postdoctoral fellow working with the Biomedical Informatics and Data Science section of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He obtained his PhD from Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina in May 2023. His dissertation work was completed in partnership with the American Medical Association’s Improving Health Outcomes division, focusing on hypertension control and antihypertensive treatment intensification in clinic-based care. His current role encompasses real-world evidence generation using EHR and claims data, machine learning and data modelling, and executing distributed network studies across multiple health care organizations.