Biomedical Informatics & Data Science Training Program (BIDS-TP)

Established in 2021, the BIDS-TP program represents a unique collaboration between the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics (DCMB) and the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS). Feeder graduate programs with eligible pre-doctoral trainees include DCMB and MIDAS doctoral students from engineering, mathematics, statistics, public health, and other computational biomedical and information sciences. 

The overarching goal of the BIDS-TP is to train a cadre of data-savvy, computationally-skilled, and highly-motivated biomedical scholars in an intellectually-stimulating environment using an effective competency-based curriculum. All BIDS-TP students are trained in collecting, managing, processing, interrogating, and analyzing large amounts of complex high-dimensional biomedical information with rigor and transparency.

The Program supports professional networking, practical career mentorship, and career opportunities to promote the next generation of biomedical and health data science leaders. The strong, interdisciplinary, and trainee-mentor tailored curriculum facilitates trainee’s growth, employability, and positioning to contribute to the NIH mission to discover, model, understand and treat complex human disorders.

"Through the transdisciplinary nature of MIDAS, CCMB, and DCMB, the participating BIDS-TP mentors represent faculty from the UM’s 19 Schools and Colleges".

BIDS-TP Directors (PIs)

Ivo D. Dinov

BIDS-TP Director

Maureen A. Sartor

BIDS-TP Associate Director

Executive Committee (EC)

Brian Athey
DCMB/MIDAS, DCMB Chair, MIDAS co-founder

Margit Burmeister
DCMB, Vice-Chair, BGP Director 

Ivo D. Dinov

Richard Gonzalez

HV Jagadish

Malinda Matney
Program evaluation, CRLT

Kayvan Najarian

Maureen Sartor

Kerby Shedden

External Advisory Board (EAB) 

The External Advisory Group (EAB), TBD, provides operational guidance and programmatic advice to the BIDS-TP PD, AD, and EC. EAB meets annually, reviews the BIDS-TP yearly report, provides advice on curriculum, team-teaching and peer-mentoring strategies, Program evaluation and tracking, and helps resolve standing problems. 

The EAB also provides feedback on survey questions, methods for data gathering and analysis, and evaluation metrics. Every two years, the EAB will prepare a brief report regarding the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for the BIDS-TP that will be reviewed by EC for use in enhancing, restructuring ,or modifying the Training Program.

Program Staff

Aaron V Bookvich

IT / Web Admin


Julia Eussen

Admin Specialist Senior 


Mary Freer

Program Administrator