I am an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Informatics at Emory University School of Medicine (as of June 2019).

***I am currently setting up my lab and am keen to speak to potential postdoctoral researchers, software engineers and Ph.D. students. Please contact me via email. We have some exciting projects involving big natural language data in the pipeline.***

My research interests include natural language processing (NLP), social media mining (SMM), applied machine learning (ML) and biomedical informatics. I am the Principal Investigator (PI) of the NIDA-NIH funded grant titled: Mining Social Media Big Data for Toxicovigilance: Automating the Monitoring of Prescription Medication Abuse via NLP and ML Methods (R01DA046619). The goal is to develop methods that can effectively utilize the vast amounts of data about prescription medication abuse, including opioid abuse, that is publicly available via social media to better understand and characterize the problem. Funding for the project started on July 1, 2018, so stay tuned for more details.

I also have honorary affiliations with the University of Pennsylvania, Arizona State University and Macquarie University.

I believe in reproducible and community-driven research, and always try to publicly publish my code (e.g., here and here) and data (e.g., here and here).

I teach professionally and as a hobby. I frequently run specialized workshops on NLP, SMM and applied ML to teach/train researchers and students from a wide spectrum of educational backgrounds.

I am available (and typically enthusiastic) to work on new, challenging projects, run specialized workshops, or talk about potential applications of NLP and applied ML using big and small data. Feel free to contact me via email.