Sophiya Rajbhandari Awarded 2020-2021 Dr. Frank Naeymi-Rad and Dr. Theresa A. Kepic Endowed Scholarship for Biomedical Informatics

The OHSU Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program is pleased to announce that the 2020-2021 Dr. Frank Naeymi-Rad and Dr. Theresa A. Kepic Endowed Scholarship for Biomedical Informatics has been awarded to Sophiya Rajbhandari. Ms. Rajbhandari is a first-year student in the Bioinformatics & Computational Biomedicine Major of the Master of Science program. Her project for the scholarship will focus on the use of controlled terminology and machine learning for maintenance of health and early detection of disease.

Ms. Rajbhandari is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, and was awarded a BS in Biotechnology from Purbanchal University in 2017. Her undergraduate research thesis focused on methodology to minimize carbon footprint by recycling urban debris as biochar integrated biofertilizer. Following her graduation, she briefly worked as a Research Assistant at a Biotech firm in Kathmandu. She relocated to the US in late 2017. Her general research interests lie in applying predictive capabilities of machine learning to healthcare sector, in particular disease diagnosis and prognosis. Sophiya loves dogs and enjoys watching animal videos in her spare time.

The previous recipients of the scholarship have both obtained their Master of Science degrees and gradated from the program: Raja Cholan (2019) and Patty Langasek (2020).