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Student Highlights

Yogesh Reddy, MD


When Yogesh Reddy was growing up in Mumbai, India, his idea of achieving success was becoming a professional soccer player. As he got older, Reddy’s natural drive and athleticism served him well on the playing field and contributed to building his determination in sports and academics.  Reddy was talented enough to play soccer at a college level.  But, despite his love for the game, Reddy had a different goal in mind.

A sports-related injury led to a pause in Reddy’s soccer career, and he realized he could still accomplish great things off the field. Reddy turned his full attention to earning his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)—equivalent to a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in the United States—from Mahatma Gandhi Mission's Medical College in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. After Reddy completed his degree and required rotations, he began work as a researcher for the Public Health Foundation of India.

Francine Stirling


Francine Stirling loves to get creative. Whether it’s finding time to read a good book while staying busy as a mom to three children or juggling full-time work with the challenge of completing graduate school, Stirling thrives on finding solutions. 

Stirling spent ten years as an academic program manager for three different departments at the University of Utah, working with students to advance their educational and professional goals.  Stirling created curriculum and led advising efforts for the Professional Science and Technology Program, the PhD Bioscience Program, and the Biomedical Informatics Department. In these areas, she was surrounded by the latest curriculum and exciting advancements in programming, medical data science, and other information technologies.

Master Students

Max Taggart

MS Student

“The 18 months I have spent in the department have given me valuable access to expert faculty, engaging opportunities in academic research, and exposure to industry. The multi-disciplinary nature of the program means that there are always possibilities for productive collaboration. It's exciting to be exposed to so many people who are dedicated to advancing the field.”

Nick Consiglio

MS Student

"At the University of Utah the Department of Biomedical Informatics makes learning truly immersive. You don't just learn about the tools, you learn how to uses them in real research and clinical scenarios. One of my favorite things is the variety of special interests in the department, regardless of what your interested in you can find a specialist.”

Word from Graduates

"I love telling other people that I did my informatics training at the University of Utah. Since they were the first biomedical informatics program, everyone knows them and holds them in high regard! It is great to belong to such a prestigious alma mater.”
Scott Nelson, PhD Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
“DBMI provided me with a solid foundation in the broad field of medical informatics. The opportunity to learn from international experts in the field, faculty that represented academia, hospital operations, and practicing clinicians, equipped me to appreciate the breadth of this multifaceted field. Fellow students have gone on to become leaders in academia and industry, and serve as a strong professional network that I rely on to keep pace with this dynamic field.”
Shobha Phansalkar, PhD Senior Director of Health Outcomes, Innovaccer
"From local events to national, the BMI department makes great effort to promote the work of their students so that graduates are highly coveted once they complete their studies.”
Stacey Slager, MS Grants and Contracts Manager, University of Utah College of Pharmacy