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About the Program

The two-year Data Science Fellows Program accepts recent PhDs who excel in their respective fields and whose work is in data science.  They will work at the boundaries of data science methods and domain sciences in an intellectually vibrant environment, and develop collaborative relationships with the U-M data science community.

The Fellows program is a component of MIDAS’ effort to catalyze the transformative use of Data Science in a wide range of disciplines to achieve lasting societal impact, through research, education, outreach and partnership.

Postdocs as bridges in the campus research community: MIDAS Data Science Fellows collaborations across University of Michigan colleges, departments, and units through 2023. Image credit: Ken Reid.

Current Fellows

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Bernardo Modenesi

Data Science

Amirhossein Moosavi

Using AI methods to improve optimization algorithms and incorporating personal and organizational constraints for healthcare management decision-making.

Mentors

Amy Cohn

Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering


Abigail Jacobs

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information and Assistant Professor of Complex Systems


Mariel Lavieri

Associate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, College of Engineering


Margaret C. Levenstein

Maggie Levenstein

Professor of Information, School of Information


Trivellore E. Raghunathan

Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public Health and Research Professor


Yajuan Si

Research Associate Professor, School of Public Health


Alumni

Stephen Ajwang

Faculty Member, Rongo University


Kenya

Maryam Bagherian

Maryam Bagherian

Research Fellow, Yale University


New Haven, CT

efrén cruz cortés

Data Scientist, Northwestern University


Evanston, IL

Arya Farahi

 Assistant Professor, Statistics and Data Science, University of Texas, Austin


Austin, TX

Dan Li

Research Scientist, Rockwell Automation


Austin, TX

Qianying Lin

Postdoc, Los Alamos National Laboratory


Los Alamos, NM

Johanna Okerlund

Assistant Professor, College of Information Science and Technology, Penn State


University Park, PA

Patrick Park

Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute


Pittsburgh, PA

Elyas Sabeti

General Motors Data Science Research Scientist


Austin, TX

Jeremy Seeman

 Research Associate; Adjunct Research Assistant Professor

University of Michigan


Ann Arbor, MI

Ian Stewart

Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Richland, WA

Elyse Thulin

Elyse Thulin

Research Assistant Professor, University of Michigan


Ann Arbor, MI

Maria Han Veiga

Maria Han Veiga

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, The Ohio State University


Columbus, OH

Edgar Franco Vivanco

Assistant Professor, Dept. Political Science, University of Michigan


Ann Arbor, MI

Blair Winograd

Ford Motor Company Data Science Research and Consulting


Allen Park, MI

U-M Faculty Members Interested in Being Mentors

Name Title Primary Department: Tagline:
Arun Agrawal Professor School for Environment and Sustainability The politics of international development, and environmental conservation, institutional change
Raed Al Kontar Assistant Professor Industrial and Operations Engineering, College of Engineering Smart and connected products and systems
Fadhl Alakwaa Assistant Research Scientist Internal Medicine, Michigan Medicine Machine learning, personalized medicine, predictive modeling
Jacob Allgeier Associate Professor Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, College of Literature Science and the Arts The mechanisms by which behavioral, population, and community dynamics mediate nutrient and energy pathways
Camille Avestruz Assistant Professor Physics, College of Literature Science and the Arts Evolution of galaxy clusters, machine learning in cosmology
Veera Baladandayuthapani Professor Biostatistics, School of Public Health High-dimensional modeling and Bayesian inference
Elizabeth Bondi-Kelly
Assistant Professor Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering AI for social impact
David Brang Associate Professor Psychology, College of Literature Science and the Arts Multisensory, electrophysiology, machine learning, neuro-oncology, neuroscience
Christopher Brooks Associate Professor School of Information
Director, Learning Analytics and Research in the Office of Digital Education & Innovation
Visualizing the interaction between learners and learning technology
Ceren Budak Associate Professor School of Information Computational social science
Bilal Butt Associate Professor School for Environment and Sustainability Agritech, Big Data, Environmental Social Sciences
Dallas Card Assistant Professor School of Information Natural language processing, and computational social science, machine learning
Neil Carter Associate Professor School for Environment and Sustainability Challenging local to global wildlife conservation issues in the Anthropocene
Tim Cernak Associate Professor Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy
Chemistry, LSA
Graduate Program in Chemical Biology
Computational design of chemical reactions and synthesis
Joyce Chai Professor Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering Artificial Intelligence, Natural language processing, situated communication
Sriram Chandrasekaran Associate Professor Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering Computer models of protein networks
Yang Chen Assistant Professor Statistics, College of Literature Science and the Arts Statistical inference and applied statistics in biology and astronomy
Thomas L. Chenevert Professor Radiology, Michigan Medicine Longitudinal Image Registration, Oncologic MR Imaging, Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers, Tumor Volume Segmentation
Lia Corrales Assistant Professor Astronomy, College of Literature Science and the Arts Statistical techniques for studying astrophysical aerosols in the X-ray and UV
William Currie Associate Dean of Research and Engagement, Professor of Environment and Sustainability, Professor of Environment Research and Engagement, School for Environment and Sustainability, College of Literature Science and the Arts Ecosystem modeling, sustainability, water quality, knowledge representation
Walter Dempsey Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Associate Research Professor at the Institute of Social Research Biostatistics, School of Public Health Mobile Health, Network Science, Statistical Methods
Paramveer Dhillon Assistant Professor School of Information Computational social science, Natural language processing, Statistical Machine Learning, and Field/Digital Experiments
Ivo D. Dinov Professor Computational Medicine, Bioinformatics, Michigan Medicine; Human Behavior and Biological Sciences, Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) Mathematical modeling, statistical analysis and data visualization
Anne Draelos Assistant Professor Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, Michigan Medicine Understanding computation in large-scale neural circuits
Marisa Eisenberg Professor School of Public Health Mathematical modeling of disease mechanisms, and intervention design, forecasting
August (Gus) Evrard Professor Physics, Astronomy, College of Literature Science and Arts Computational cosmology
Jeff Fessler Professor Electric Engineering and Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering; Radiology, Michigan Medicine Large-scale inverse problems in image reconstruction
Nancy Fleischer
Associate Professor Epidemiology, School of Public Health Survey methodology, epidemiology, health equity, policy, public health
Lana Garmire Associate Professor Computational medicine and bioinformatics, Michigan Medicine Data science for actionable transformation of human health from the bench to bedside
Andrew Gronewold Associate Professor School for Environment and Sustainability Quantifying and communicating uncertainties arising within long-term hydrological monitoring networks and data
Anhong Guo Assistant Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering, School of Information
Hybrid human-AI intelligent interactive systems to provide access to visual information in the real world
Yongqun Oliver He Professor Laboratory Animal Medicine and Veterinarian, Michigan Medicine Vaccine Informatics, Kidney Precision Medicine, Ontology and Semantic Web
Libby Hemphill Research Associate Professor School of Information Digital data, justice, social media
Wei Hu Assistant Professor Computer Science and Engineering Deep Learning, Representation Learning, machine learning, optimization, theory
Xun Huan Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, College of Engineering Uncertainty quantification, and numerical optimization, data-driven modeling
Xianglei Huang Professor Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering Climate diagnostics, data modeling, optimization, remote sensing, time-series analysis
Meha Jain Associate Professor School for Environment and Sustainability Agriculture, machine learning, remote sensing, sustainability
David Jurgens Associate Professor School of Information Computational social science and natural language processing
Jian Kang Associate Professor Biostatistics, School of Public Health Bayesian methods, composite likelihood approach and missing data problems, efficient statistical computation algorithms, graphical models, latent source separation methods, network inference, ultrahigh-dimensional feature selection
Evan Keller Professor of Urology and Pathology Urology, Michigan Medicine Single cell and spatiotemporal analyses of healthy and diseased tissues
Nicholas Kotov Professor Chemical Sciences and Engineering, College of Engineering Biomimetic Nanostructures
Arpan Kusari Assistant Research Scientist Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute LiDAR, Reinforcement Learning, autonomous vehicles, realistic simulation, uncertainty estimation
Elizaveta Levina Vijay Nair Collegiate Professor Statistics, College of Literature Science and the Arts Statistical inference on realistic models for network
Gen Li Associate Professor Biostatistics, School of Public Health Data Integration, Dimension Reduction, Microbiome Research, Parsimonious Models, graphical models, predictive modeling
Max Li Assistant Professor Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Operations Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering Design, Management, and Optimization of Air Transportation Systems
Yi Li Professor Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center
Statistical methods for kidney epidemiology
Zhongming Liu Associate Professor Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering Computational and cognitive neuroscience, deep neural networks
Jie Liu Associate Professor Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Michigan Medicine Machine learning and computational genomics
Sabine Loos Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering Data and user-driven approaches on disasters and equity
Wei Lu Professor Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering Integrating human knowledge into machine learning
Qiaozhu Mei Professor School of Information
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering
Information retrieval and text mining
Briana Mezuk Associate Chair and Associate Professor, Epidemiology Epidemiology, School of Public Health Depression, epidemiology, integrative lifespan, suicide aging
Nambi Nallasamy Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Assistant Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Michigan Medicine Machine learning algorithms for the enhancement of outcomes in cataract surgery
Joshua P Newell Professor School for Environment and Sustainability Geographic information systems, gis, remote sensing, resource flow analysis, sustainability, urban systems
Mohammed Ombadi Assistant Professor Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering Impact of climate change on the hydrologic cycle using advanced data analytics
Samet Oymak Assistant Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering Decision-making, efficient and robust ML, learning and optimization theory
Bruce Allan Palfey Associate Professor & Associate Director of Academic Programs, Chemical Biology Program, Life Sciences Institute Biological Chemistry, Michigan Medicine Mechanisms of flavin-containing enzymes of pyrimidine metabolism, dihydroorotate dehydrogenases, dihydrouridyl-tRNA synthases, thymidylate synthases
Yulin Pan Assistant Professor Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, College of Engineering Data assimilation, fluid mechanics, physical oceanography
Vitaliy Popov Assistant Professor Learning Health Sciences, Michigan Medicine Clinical simulations, learning analytics, multimodal
Emily Mower Provost Professor Computer Science, Computer Engineering, College of Engineering Provost Emotion modeling and assistive technology
Qing Qu Assistant Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering Deep Learning, Inverse Problems, Nonconvex Optimization, Representation Learning
Majdi Radaideh Assistant Professor Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, College of Engineering Autonomous Control, Nuclear Reactor Design, Physics-informed Machine Learning, Uncertainty quantification, optimization
Arvind Rao Professor Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Radiation Oncology, Michigan Medicine; Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering Multi-modal decision algorithms that integrate clinical measurements
Daniel Romero Associate Professor Information, School of Information; Complex Systems, College of Literature Science and the Arts; Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering Empirical and theoretical analysis of social and information networks
Perry Samson Professor Climate and Space Science, College of Engineering; School of Information Relationships between student performance and behaviors
Maureen Sartor Professor Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Michigan Medicine Bioinformatics, biomarkers, cancer, classification, epigenomics, integrative omics, prediction, regulatory genomics
Xu Shi Associate Professor Biostatistics, School of Public Health EHR data, causal inference
Yajuan Si Research Assistant Professor Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research Bayesian, confidentiality protection, missing data, statistics, survey
Peter Song Professor Biostatistics, School of Public Health Data Integration, distributed inference, machine learning
Wencong Su Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering Efficient management of a large number of devices through distributed intelligence
Vijay Subramanian Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering Stochastic modeling, decision and control theory and applications to networks
Wenhao Sun
Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
Materials Discovery and Design, Materials Informatics
Misha Teplitskiy Assistant Professor School of Information Computational methods, experimental methods, science of science
Ivy F. Tso Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology Psychiatry Psychiatric disorders, brain network, computational and predictive models
V. G. Vinod Vydiswaran Associate Professor Learning Health Sciences, Michigan Medicine; School of Information Text mining, NLP, and ML for extracting relevant information from health-related text corpora
Venkat Viswanathan Associate Professor Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering Programming languages, formal methods, software engineering, and artificial intelligence
Runzi Wang Assistant Professor School for Environment and Sustainability Influence of land cover change and urban development  pattern toward stream water quality and stormwater quality
Yixin Wang Assistant Professor Statistics, College of Literature Science and the Arts Large-scale probabilistic machine learning, causal inference, machine learning for science
Joshua Welch Associate Professor Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Michigan Medicine Machine learning for representing molecular cell states
Zhenke Wu Associate Professor Biostatistics, School of Public Health Statistical methods for precision medicine
Ming Xu Associate Professor School for Environment and Sustainability; Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering Computational and data-enabled methodology for sustainability
Qiong Yang
Associate Professor Biophysics,College of Literature Science and the Arts; Bioinformatics, Cell and Development Biology, and Cellular and Molecular Biology, Michigan Medicine Biophysics of Living Systems, Quantitative Systems/Synthetic Biology
Lei Ying Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering The interplay of complex stochastic systems and big-data
Donglin Zeng
Professor
Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Precision medicine, dynamic treatment regimes, machine learning, high-dimensional inference, semiparametric models, survival analysis, electronic health records and clinical trials.
Yang Zhang Professor Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Robotics, Applied Physics Program, College of Engineering Far-from-equilibrium physics, extreme robots, liquid state physics, long timescale phenomena, neutron scattering, rare events, soft robots, statistical mechanics, swarm robots
Xiang Zhou Professor Biostatistics, School of Public Health Statistical and computational methods for genetic and genomic studies
Paul Zimmerman Professor Chemistry, College of Literature Science and the Arts Computational chemical reaction discovery