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NLM Senior Investigator Dr. Zhiyong Lu, PhD, Elected into the American College of Medical Informatics

November 18, 2019

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On November 17, National Library of Medicine (NLM) Senior Investigator Zhiyong Lu, PhD, FACMI, was inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), which is part of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Dr. Lu is an investigator in the NLM’s Intramural Research Program in the NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). 

Dr. Lu was honored with election into ACMI for his significant and sustained contributions to the field of biomedical informatics.

As a senior investigator, Dr. Lu leads research in biomedical information retrieval, natural language processing, and machine learning. As NCBI’s Deputy Director for Literature Search, Dr. Lu directs the research and development efforts to improve PubMed search and information access. Over the years, Dr. Lu has mentored over 40 trainees and co-authored more than 180 scientific publications. He is also a frequently invited speaker at national and international meetings on biomedical literature mining and artificial intelligence in medicine.

Dr. Lu started at NLM in 2007 as a staff scientist, became an associate investigator in 2009, and became NIH’s first Earl Stadtman investigator in biomedical informatics and computational biology in 2011. He is a graduate of Nanjing University, Nanjing, China (BS in computer science); University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (MS in computer science); and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado (PhD in bioinformatics).

“We at NLM congratulate Zhiyong for this impressive achievement,” said NLM Director, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD. “Not only is his research impressive, so is his commitment to public service.”



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Last Reviewed: November 18, 2019