I am Professor Qing Wu, Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs at the Department of Biomedical Informatics, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University. With a broad academic background and extensive research experience, my journey spans clinical medicine, biostatistics, public health, translational health disparities, and computational genomics. This multidisciplinary expertise empowers me to lead pioneering research in equitable fracture risk assessment, especially in minority women, to advance public health by curbing healthcare disparities and disease burdens.

My Research Journey

My in-depth involvement in osteoporosis research through the Equity Bone Lab is at the frontier of personalized medicine. The lab thrives on the synergy of big data, advanced machine learning, genomics, and computational prowess to innovate risk assessment models in biomedical informatics and bioinformatics. Our notable projects include developing personalized bone mineral density (BMD) thresholds and a Personalized Fracture Risk Assessment Tool, funded by several NIH grants, striving to redefine healthcare equity.

The Equity Bone Lab is also engrossed in developing web-based applications to transition our research into clinical practice. Our preliminary endeavors have already demonstrated significant enhancements in prediction accuracy, a testimony to the potential of our work.

Teaching and Mentoring

I am dedicated to nurturing the next generation of researchers and professionals. I am thrilled to teach numerous Machine Learning methods in the course of Programming for Biomedical Informatics, and a comprehensive course on Meta-Analysis in Health Science Research. Through these courses, I aim to equip students with the knowledge and practical skills essential for their academic and professional growth in this data-driven era.

As a devoted mentor, I am dedicated to cultivating scientific excellence through a personalized, interactive approach that fosters each student’s unique talents. My mentees thrive, evident from over 30 peer-reviewed articles published and numerous conference presentations within their initial years of graduate study. Under my guidance, students not only achieve scholarly success but have also garnered prestigious Young Investigator Awards, a testament to the exceptional mentorship they receive in my lab, preparing them to be tomorrow’s leaders in biomedical informatics.

Collaborations and Grants

Collaborative research is a cornerstone of my academic journey. During my tenure at the Mayo Clinic, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and OSU, my collaborative efforts have garnered over 50 projects funded by federal agencies, major industries, and research foundations. Highlighted ongoing and recent projects include:

  • Precise Bone Density Reference Ranges to Reduce Systematic Disparities in Osteoporosis Healthcare for Hispanic Women (R21-MD013681)
  • Developing Model-based Bone Density Reference Values for African American Women (R15-MD010475)
  • Personalized Medicine in Nevada (P20-GM121325)

and many more, illustrating a rich history of securing grants to bridge healthcare disparities.

The innovativeness of my translational research has been spotlighted in national news outlets like Nature Review, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and ABC News. With numerous peer-reviewed publications, my work continues to contribute significantly to the scientific community.

I am open to collaborations and keen on attracting Ph.D. students, postdocs, and potential collaborators who share a similar vision of leveraging data science to address healthcare disparities. If you are interested in joining forces to make a notable impact in biomedical informatics and beyond or seeking guidance with statistics for grant development, feel free to reach out to me at qing.wu@osumc.edu.