J Alota
Degrees: B.S. Nursing, Biola University (1996)
Professional Interests: Leveraging mobile technology to enhance workflow processes through lean transformative principles.
Background/Interests: J recently retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service and five deployments.  He started his military career as an enlisted.  He worked in three different specialties – security forces (military police), personnel (human resources), and medical services (medic) – and obtained an Associate’s Degree in Human Resources during his 5-year enlistment.  As a civilian, J worked full-time as a customer service rep in a mortuary/cemetery while pursuing his nursing degree.  After passing the national licensure exams, J got commissioned in the Air Force and resumed his military career as an officer.  He was assigned in various nursing specialties and positions, staring as a medical/surgical nurse, primary care nurse, disease case manager, perioperative multispecialty nurse manager, surgical operations manager, chief surgical informatics officer, and culminated his military career as the director of infection control in one of the Air Force medical centers.  J also has presented combat surgical nursing at the national convention of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).  His informatics experiences and duties include the following:  co-developed a surgical electronic health record for the Air Force, authored surgical business performance metrics, taught electronic documentation and reporting processes for the Air Force, and member of the Tri-Service Surgical Content Advisory Board.  J enjoys horseback riding, camping, kayaking, biking, running, and foil fencing.  He would like to resume these activities as soon as he’s medical cleared, especially running marathons (7 marathons, 2 half-marathons, and counting).

Tracie Banks
Degrees:
B.A. Mass Communications, UC Berkeley (2002)
Professional Interests: Radiology Informatics
Background/Interests:
Tracie's background is primarily in radiology applications and enterprise imaging support. She is interested in acquiring additional knowledge and skills she can utilize to streamline integration between ancillary service lines to preserve continuity of care.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family.

Farva Batool
Degrees:
B.S. Global Disease Biology, minor Public Health Sciences, UC Davis (2019)
Professional Interests: Farva is interested in Healthcare Data Analytics, mobile health, and preventative medicine. She wants to connect her Public Health background with the utilization of mobile health services in underserved communities.
Background/Interests:
As an undergraduate student, Farva helped with the research paper on promoting mobile health mental services among the refugee communities in war torn countries. Her experience with literature review and mobile health services helped her develop interest towards health informatics. With her health informatics master’s degree in the future, Farva hope to improve healthcare records for the underserved communities at both local and international level.

Jenny Chen
Degrees:
B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley (2007); M.D., UC San Francisco (2012)
Professional Interests:
Healthcare Data Analytics
Background/Interests:
Jenny is an ophthalmologist who finished her residency in UCLA, then served for a year as the chief of ophthalmic trauma at Washington University in St Louis, and then finished a year of glaucoma fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. While she was in medical school, she set up a telemedicine retinitis screening clinic for patients with HIV in rural Thailand. She is interested in epidemiological implications and research in informatics.

Chris Fencl
Degrees:
B.S. Psychology with a minor in Global Health, Arizona State University (2013)
Professional Interests:
Healthcare analytics, application of EMR and HIE in psychiatric and veterinary medicine, health mobility and preventive analytics. 
Background/Interests:
Chris wants to apply information technology, data analytics and informatics to other healthcare fields such as psychiatry and veterinary medicine. He has worked in both of these fields and sees a strong opportunity to improve healthcare delivery. In his free time, Chris enjoys playing with his dogs, volunteering at animal shelters, going to concerts, listening to music, hiking, photography and exercise.

Shikha Kothari
Degrees:
Doctor of Medicine/MBBS, Sardar Patel University: Pramukhswami Medical College, India (2016)
Professional Interests:
Pediatrics, Clinical Informatics, Public Health/Epidemiology, Quality Improvement in Healthcare
Background/Interests: 
Shikha is from the San Francisco Bay Area and has lived in California for >20 years. Passionate about community health, she went abroad to study medicine in India. Here she had the opportunity to work on child health disparities through SEWA Rural, Helping Babies Survive (HBS) and WHO. She also performed research on Brucellosis, missed opportunities for NICU pain management, and evaluation of evidence-driven shifts in PICU intravenous fluid practices at her institution. Upon returning to the United States, she developed an interest in clinical informatics, particularly precision medicine. Shikha would like to explore her passion for healthcare and information technology and interact with like-minded people at UC Davis. She hopes to channel her unique clinical experiences and technical skillsets towards tangible improvements in today’s quality of care for children. In her free time Shikha enjoys singing, hiking, dancing, comedy shows and baking vegan desserts.

Ripon Paul
Degrees:
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Govt. Medical College, Amristar (2000)
Professional Interests:
Ripon’s professional interests are to improve process of implementation, clinical decision support, telemedicine and big database management and analysis for clinical and health informatics research.  He hopes to blend his clinical medicine background with health information technology to understand and improve the logical gap in medicine and technology to better serve both ends of spectrum.
Background/Interests:
Ripon worked and published a research paper at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. institute on Fragile X tremor ataxia syndrome. After passing his USMLE examinations, he is working as a clinical information technology liaison between healthcare providers and hospital's IT department at Oroville. This job opportunity exposed him to the fascinating world of health informatics. At this position, he worked with several healthcare providers and IT leaders in many healthcare specialties. He additionally worked with numerous EMR systems and associated tools in the process of implementation, maintenance and provided on-going support. Ripon is currently participating in many quality improvement projects both in clinical and operational settings as well as supporting E-prescribing tool for both controlled and non-controlled medications. Outside of work, Ripon enjoys playing badminton and watching basketball and cricket. He also enjoys spending his free time traveling, listening to music, creating innovative and healthy recipes and staying active. Additionally, Ripon loves comedies, animated movies and coffee.

Andy Pham
Degrees: B.S. Biotechnology (Bioinformatics Emphasis), Computer Science Minor, UC Davis
Professional Interests: Machine learning, healthcare analytics, mHealth, Data science and virtual reality
Background/Interests: Andy was torn between deciding on computer science or biology and was searching for a solid resolution. After discovering his passion for bioinformatics at UC Davis, he worked as a bioinformatics intern with the Plant Pathology department, comparing pine tree genomes and searching for plant pathogens. Then, he did a brief internship with the UCSF Immunoprofiler project, helping to analyze flow cytometry results and mapping out cancer cell populations. It was after this internship that he became interested in focusing on healthcare and applying technology to the hospital system. With an MHI degree, he hopes to marry data science and healthcare together to find solutions for patients and healthcare practitioners alike.

Lin Thura
Degrees:
B.S. Biology (Biomedical Sciences emphasis), Santa Clara Univrersity (2019)
Professional Interests:
Work in a capacity to streamline medical processes within the hospital, either as a hands-on clinician or in an informatics capacity.
Background/Interests:
Lin is quite interested in the use of informatics tools and health data technology to better organize and reduce medical errors. With so much reliance being placed on Electronic Health Records, he hopes to better streamline processes that will empower clinicians, nurses, and all professionals who are providing direct patient care to use E.H.R as a tool that will allow them to provide the best care possible.

Zixuan "Zina" Xu
Degrees:
B.S. Nutrition Science, Pennsylvania State University (2019)
Professional Interests:
Healthcare Data Analytics; Healthcare Service Application. Zixuan would like to devote herself into senior healthcare and work on the special domains that have a focus in neurological diseases such as dementia and Parkinson disease or chronic disease like kidney disease and cardiovascular disease. She wants to design a healthcare service project that can deliver healthcare knowledge to senior population through online application and assist both patients and healthcare professionals with decision making to minimize the labor costs and maximize the utilization of limited medical resources.
Background/Interests: 
Zixuan has interned as activity manager at senior care community in China and marketing assistant in healthcare product company in LA. In her free time she enjoys playing badminton and exploring fashion trends. She also enjoy spending her time traveling, watching movies and listening to music.