Hua Xu, PhD

  • Recruited to: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Recruited from: Vanderbilt University
  • Award: Rising Star

Dr. Hua Xu received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University in 2008. In addition, he holds a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Nanjing University in China and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. During 2008-2012, he was an assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Xu was recruited to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) as associate professor at the School of Biomedical Informatics. He also directs the Center for Computational Biomedicine at UTHealth.

Dr. Xu is a nationally recognized expert in biomedical text processing and data mining. His primary research interests include: clinical natural language processing (NLP), biomedical literature mining, and healthcare data mining. Advanced informatics methods and tools developed by Dr. Xu have been successfully applied to clinical, genomic, and pharmacogenomic studies that are based on electronic health records (EHRs) data. He is the author of over 65 publications, and his research on medication extraction received the Homer Warner Award from AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) in 2009. Xu has been principal investigator on a number of grants, including R01s from National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Cancer Institute (NCI), and National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).