The UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) graduate program has been the recipient of seven Blazer Fellowships in 2022, and a Bioinformatics student recently etched his name as a part of this notable accomplishment.

Samuel Bharti, a college student from India, will be the first-ever BioinformaticTinsley Harrison 04 by Kim 607x455s BME Ph.D. student to receive the Blazer Fellowship. As part of his fellowship, Bharti will receive assistance in payment for a two-year stipend, tuition, and health insurance. As an undergraduate student, he previously volunteered in providing assistance to Jake Chen, Ph.D., Professor of Genetics and Computer Science, for the publication of several papers since the beginning of the COVID pandemic.

“Bioinformatics has progressed over the past three decades, from an in silico study of sequence, structure, and functional analysis, to   multi-omics and clinical data integration, AI/ML modeling to predict health outcomes, and engineering-based systems science simulation to understand causal relationships to diseases, Chen said.

“Therefore, our PhD in Bioinformatics developed as a partnership between the School of Medicine and School of Medicine is well positioned to help train next-generation Academic leaders in this evolving interdisciplinary area.”

The BME PhD program implements various elements of biology, medicine, and engineering, leading to potentially new discoveries in biomedical engineering which correlate to public health and clinical medicine. Bharti’s award will enable him to focus on generating new ideas for impactful work ahead in his PhD studies.

Within the BME PhD program, some of the research areas focused on by the department include biomedical imaging, biomedical implants and devices, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, and cardiac electrophysiology.

For more information about the BME Ph.D. program, please go to Ph.D. Program - School of Engineering -Biomedical Engineering | UAB