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Nicholas Tatonetti, PhD

Current Affiliation

Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, New York


PhD, Biomedical Informatics, Stanford University
MS, Biomedical Informatics, Stanford University
BS, Computational Mathematics, Arizona State University
BS, Molecular Biosciences/Biotechnology, Arizona State University

How do I describe my work to those outside the field

We use a combination of computer science and statistical tools to study medicine, or to make it a bit more specific, to study the actions of drugs.

Years of experience

Eight, since I started in Informatics.

Why Informatics?

Informatics, especially biomedical informatics, is perfect for me, because it combines all of my loves. My love and fascination with molecular biology and how life works; the hobby that I’ve constantly had my entire life, which is in computer programming and thinking about logic and puzzles, and also my passion for mathematics and statistical modeling. Biomedical informatics just ties all these things together perfectly. I get to perform the type of research I want to perform, doing the type of work I want to do. It’s a perfect fit.

What are your ambitions? At the end of your career, what do you hope to have accomplished?

I don’t believe that anyone should suffer from their medications. At the end of my career, I hope to have used data to eliminate the adverse effects of therapy.

Who or what are your “key sources” in the informatics field?

I’m a perennial fixture at the AMIA Translational Summits. That is my go-to to see what’s the latest in the field and talk with those who are at the cutting edge.

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Hobbies/Interests outside AMIA

Snowboarding and finding new music.

AMIA is important to me because

It’s important to me because it gives me a deep network of colleagues to collaborate with, to learn from, to work together to change medicine.

I am involved with AMIA

I am one of the track chairs at this year’s Translational Summits.

It may surprise people to know

I am a national champion horseback rider. I’ve been riding my whole life.