Dr. Jingwen Yan is an Assistant Professor of BioHealth Informatics at IUPUI. Before that, she worked as a research scientist at Indiana University Network Science Institute from 2015 to 2016. She is a member of Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and also is associated with Center for Neuroimaging and Network Science Institute at Indiana University.
Dr. Yan's work is focused on integrating data sources to extract knowledge that can lead to better understanding of complex diseases, neurological conditions, and dementias, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Her research has been on exploring brain imaging genetics associations by developing efficient and scalable computational and bioinformatics approaches. Specifically, Yan is interested in the combination of machine learning and network science such that rich biological knowledge can be properly incorporated to guide the learning procedure and help yield more interpretable results.
In 2018 she was awarded a CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) grant by the National Science Foundation for her work in developing a novel, data-intensive computational framework to analyze and integrate data and networks, create predictive models, and reveal their associations. This work could lead to more efficient discovery of disease markers for designing new drugs and treatment protocols.