Hua Xu


Hua Xu, PhD
Robert H. Graham Professor in Entrepreneurial Biomedical Informatics and Bioengineering
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Hua Xu, PhD, is a professor at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics. He directs the Center for Computational Biomedicine at UTHealth. He was the Chair of American Medical Informatics Association natural language processing working group for 2014-2015. In 2008, Dr. Xu received his Doctor of Philosophy in biomedical informatics from Columbia University. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Nanjing University in China and a Master of Science in computer science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Dr. Xu is an expert in biomedical text processing and data mining. His primary research interests include: 1) natural language processing of clinical text; 2) text mining of biomedical literature; and 3) health care data mining. He is the author of many publications on biomedical NLP and text mining, and his research on medication extraction received the Homer Warner Award from AMIA in 2009. Dr. Xu has been principal investigator on a number of grants, including R01s from The National Library of Medicine and The National Cancer Institute.