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Alex Bui, PhD

Director, Medical & Imaging Informatics Group
Director, Medical Informatics Home Area
Professor, Departments of Radiological Sciences, Bioengineering & Bioinformatics
David Geffen Chair in Informatics


Dr. Bui received his PhD in Computer Science in 2000, upon which he joined the UCLA faculty. He is now the Director of the Medical & Imaging Informatics (MII) group. His research includes informatics and data science for biomedical research and healthcare in areas related to distributed information architectures and mHealth; methodological development, application, and evaluation of artificial intelligence (AI) methods, including machine/reinforcement learning; and data visualization. His work bridges contemporary computational approaches with the opportunities arising from the breadth of biomedical observations and the electronic health record (EHR), tackling the associated translational challenges.

Dr. Bui has a long history of leading extramurally funded research, including from multiple different National Institutes of Health (NIH) institutes (NCI, NLM, NINDS, NIBIB, etc.). He was Co-Director for the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Centers Coordination Center; and Application Lead for the NSF-funded Expeditions in Computing Center for Domain-Specific Computing (CDSC), exploring cutting-edge hardware/software techniques for accelerating algorithms used in healthcare. He led the NIH-funded Los Angeles PRISMS Center, a U54 focused on mHealth informatics. He is now Director of UCLA's Bridge2AI Coordination Center, a landmark NIH initiative to advance the use of AI/ML methods. Dr. Bui is Program Director of multiple separate NIH TL1/T15/T32s at UCLA in the areas of biomedical informatics and data science; Director for the Medical Informatics Home Area in the Graduate Program in Biosciences; and services at the Senior Associate Director for Informatics for UCLA's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).



Akre S, Liu PY, Friedman JR, Bui AAT. International COVID-19 mortality forecast visualization: covidcompare.io. JAMIA Open. 2021 Dec 28;4(4):ooab113. doi: 10.1093/jamiaopen/ooab113. PMID: 34988383; PMCID: PMC8712244.

Friedman J, Syvertsen JL, Bourgois P, Bui AAT, Beletsky L, Pollini R. Intersectional structural vulnerability to abusive policing among people who inject drugs: A mixed methods assessment in California's central valley. Int J Drug Policy. 2021 Jan;87:102981. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102981. Epub 2020 Oct 28. PMID: 33129133; PMCID: PMC7940555.

Myint A, Corona E, Yang L, Nguyen BS, Lin C, Huang MZ, Shao P, Mwengela D, Didero M, Asokan I, Bui AAT, Hsu W, Maehara C, Naini BV, Kang Y, Bastani R, May FP. Gastroenterology visitation and reminders predict surveillance uptake for patients with adenomas with high-risk features. Sci Rep. 2021 Apr 22;11(1):8764. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-88376-4. PMID: 33888839; PMCID: PMC8062682.
Ross MK, Eckel SP, Bui AAT, Gilliland FD. Asthma clustering methods: a literature-informed application to the children's health study data. J Asthma. 2021 May 18:1-14. doi: 10.1080/02770903.2021.1923738. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33926348.
Friedman J, Mann NC, Hansen H, Bourgois P, Braslow J, Bui AAT, Beletsky L, Schriger DL. Racial/Ethnic, Social, and Geographic Trends in Overdose-Associated Cardiac Arrests Observed by US Emergency Medical Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Psychiatry. 2021 May 26. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.0967. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34037672.


Bui AAT, Hosseini A, Rocchio R, Jacobs N, Ross MK, Okelo S, Lurmann F, Eckel S, Dzubur E, Dunton G, Gilliland F, Sarrafzadeh M, Habre R. Biomedical REAl-Time Health Evaluation (BREATHE): toward an mHealth informatics platform. JAMIA Open. 2020 May 7;3(2):190-200. doi: 10.1093/jamiaopen/ooaa011. PMID: 32734159; PMCID: PMC7382637.
Zhang T, Chen M, Bui AAT. Diagnostic Prediction with Sequence-of-sets Representation Learning for Clinical Events. Artif Intell Med Conf Artif Intell Med (2005-). 2020 Aug;12299:348-358. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-59137-3_31. Epub 2020 Sep 26. PMID: 34036298; PMCID: PMC8143801.
Garon, E, Cummings A*, Gukasyan J, Lu H, Grogan T, Sunga G, Fares C, Hornstein N, Zaretsky J, Carroll J, Bachrach B, Akingbemi W, Li D, Noor Z, Lisberg A, Goldman J, Elashoff D, Bui AAT, Ribas A, Dubinett S, Rossetti M. Mutational landscape influences immunotherapy outcomes among non-small cell lung cancer patients with human leukocyte antigen supertype B44. Nature Cancer, 1. 1167–1175 (2020). doi:10.1038/s43018-020-00140-1.
Barnholtz-Sloan JS, Rollison DE, Basu A, Borowsky AD, Bui AAT, DiGiovanna J, Garcia-Closas M, Genkinger JM, Gerke T, Induni M, Lacey JV Jr, Mirel L, Permuth JB, Saltz J, Shenkman EA, Ulrich CM, Zheng WJ, Nadaf S, Kibbe WA. Cancer Informatics for Cancer Centers (CI4CC): Building a community focused on sharing ideas and best practices to improve cancer care and patient outcomes. JCO Clin Cancer Inform. 2020 Feb;4:108-116. DOI: 10.1200/CCI.19.00166. PMID: 32078367.


Petousis P, Han SX, Hsu W, Bui AAT. Generating Reward Functions Using IRL Towards Individualized Cancer Screening. Artif Intell Health (2018). 2019;11326:213-227. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-12738-1_16. Epub 2019 Feb 21. PMID: 31363717; PMCID: PMC6667225.

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