Neil Abernethy, PhD

Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

Joint Associate Professor, Health Services, School of Public Health

neila@uw.edu

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Interests:

Models of infectious disease (including TB, HIV, and influenza), molecular epidemiology, network analysis, disease surveillance, data visualization, systems biology, data integration, emerging infections, and global health

Background:

B.S. Biochemistry (NCSU); B.S. Applied Mathematics (NCSU); Ph.D. Biomedical Informatics (Stanford University). Dr. Abernethy’s training included molecular evolution, knowledge representation for bioinformatics, network analysis, epidemiology of infectious disease, and interactive data visualization.

Research:

Models of infectious disease (including TB, HIV, and influenza), molecular epidemiology, network analysis, disease surveillance, data information, systems biology, data standards and integration, with a focus on infectious diseases and global health.

Other:

High-throughput (“Omics”) biology, evolutionary processes, bibliometrics, user interfaces, and artificial intelligence.

Representative publications:

  • N. F. Abernethy; Automating Social Network Models for Tuberculosis Contact Investigation.  Ph.D. Dissertation, Stanford University, September, 2005.
  • Jeffries D, Abernethy NF, De Jong BC. Supervised learning for the automated transcription of spacer classification from spoligotype films. Medical Research Council (UK), The Gambia. BMC Informatics 2009 August;10:248.
  • Guidry A, Walson J, Abernethy NF. Linking information systems for HIV care and research in Kenya. ACM International Health Informatics 2010.
  • B.  Walther, S. Hossin, J. Townend, N. F. Abernethy, D. Parker, D. Jeffries, Comparison of Electronic Data Capture (EDC) with the Standard Data Capture Method for Clinical Trial Data ; PLOS One, Sep 23, 2011.
  • Abernethy NF, Dereimer K, Small PM: A National Survey of Data Standards in Contact Investigation Forms for Tuberculosis. Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2011 (in press).
  • Deanna Petrochilos, N. F. Abernethy; Assessing Network Characteristics of Cancer-Associated Genes in Metabolic and Signaling Networks; Proceedings of the 2012  IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.