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Mission Statement

The purpose of the IDSIGSO shall be to promote and further professional and social relationships among the members of the IDSIGSO, the faculty and staff of the Institute for Data Science and Informatics (IDSI), basic science, and other engineering and healthcare professionals, and to further the knowledge and professional development of all members of the IDSIGSO within the engineering and health care industries.

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GSO Officers

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Trevor Mandy


As a Columbia Native I’ve been lucky enough to call Mizzou my home for 26 years! Coming from a background in healthcare management and finance, my focus area is health and biomedical informatics. My research interests include the application of AI models to large-scale EHR data to predict clinical outcomes and derive the cost-effectiveness of clinical practices. Currently, I am researching the effectiveness of Ivacaftor and the rest of the -caftor family of medications in their ability to moderate weight gain/loss in patients with Cystic Fibrosis, as compared to traditional interventions such as high-fat diets and therapeutic interventions. Towards the future, I hope to continue to enage in cost-comparison research that investigates the benefits and drawbacks of pharmaceuticals for value-based care initiatives to help streamline the drug prescription process.

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Nader Abdelnabi

Vice President

“My aspiration is to be a leader who values the individuality of each person and fosters a collaborative work environment characterized by effective communication and mutual respect in a thriving learning atmosphere.”

Nader Abdalnabi is a passionate analytical researcher and informatician specializing in healthcare, management, and business informatics. Currently pursuing a PhD in health informatics at the University of Missouri, he holds a master’s degree in business and marketing analytics and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. According to him, true leaders possess the ability to influence and empower others. In his leisure time, Abdalnabi finds joy in participating in outdoor and cross-cultural activities, cookouts, swimming, volleyball and soccer as well as helping new students adapt to life in Columbia, Missouri. He is determined to utilize his knowledge and leadership skills to support the mission and vision of IDSIGSO. In the role of Vice President to the GSO, he aspires to make a positive impact within the informatics community and serve his fellow MUISDI informatics students.

Olabode Ogundele

Treasurer/Financial Contact

I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. I also had my undergraduate education in Nigeria. The Informatics PhD journey has been a huge learning curve, and the unlimited opportunities are inspiring. There are more fun things than studying and researching. Beyond my academic pursuits, I am an ardent supporter of Arsenal Football Club of England. I am either cheering my team or playing a soccer match myself. I enjoy hiking and the compelling narratives and dramatic landscapes of Western movies.

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Sonia Akter


“I believe leadership is a process of social/institutional influence, which maximizes the efforts of others towards the achievement of a goal. I am a dedicated researcher who aims to build an excellent research career and influence other people to be successful in achieving their goals by facilitating such an academic environment.”

I am a Ph.D. student specializing in health informatics, with a research focus on the application of machine learning to study Alzheimer‘s disease using real-world electronic health data.
My academic journey began with a BS in Forestry from the Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, CU, Bangladesh. Seeking broader horizons, I seized the opportunity to undertake a Master’s degree in European Forestry under the prestigious Erasmus Mundus program, studying in seven European countries and gaining valuable insights into climate change. Driven by an ever-growing curiosity for new challenges, I did a second MS majoring in chemical genetics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and the University of BOKU, Austria. It was during this time that my interest in computational tasks began to blossom that ignited a profound passion for data science. The convergence of my academic background, coupled with a deep-rooted fascination for informatics, eventually led me to transition into the realm of informatics with an emphasis on health informatics. With a relentless commitment to pushing the boundaries of data-driven insights to make a positive impact on healthcare, I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead in this groundbreaking research in the field of health informatics.


Chi-Ren Shyu

Faculty/Staff Advisor

MU IDSI GSO plays a key role in representing students, organizing the Missouri Data Science & Informatics Annual Symposium, and collaborating with the Institute’s faculty and staff to build a welcoming climate for all trainees through social events. It has been my great pleasure to serve as IDSI GSO’s faculty advisor since the  inauguration of the PhD program and am looking forward to the  continuation of the great tradition with expansion to our MS Data  Science & Analytics program.