About Us


The Biomedical Informatics Lab (BMIL) is a 
research group led by Prof. Mia K. Markey in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. The mission of the Biomedical Informatics Lab is to design decision support systems for clinical decision making and scientific discovery. The Biomedical Informatics Lab has extensive interdisciplinary collaborations, especially with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where Prof. Markey holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Imaging Physics.

Core Values

Health - We perform data-driven research to improve the human condition

Innovation - We create novel solutions by crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries

Growth - We strive for continuous learning and improvement in all areas of our lives

Diversity - We develop individuals' strengths and expand our impact through collaboration

Joy - We bring enthusiasm to our research and enjoy our work together

Family - We respect our needs for positive relationships with our families and friends

What is Biomedical Informatics?

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) defines Biomedical Informatics as "the interdisciplinary field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving, and decision making, motivated by efforts to improve human health." For more thoughts about what informatics is and what it isn't, we recommend starting by reading this perspective piece by Charles P. Friedman.

What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical Engineering is the use of science, mathematics, and technology to design solutions to problems in biology and medicine than impact people's lives. Computational biomedical engineering, which contributes to biomedical informatics, is concerned with solutions that will be implemented in software or with the computational modeling and analysis of designs that will be implemented using any medium. While computers are used throughout all areas of biomedical engineering, computational biomedical engineering is concerned with the development of novel computational methods or applications.

Educational Opportunities

We are committed to increasing the diversity of the science and engineering workforce. Students participate in research in the UT Biomedical Informatics Lab at the high school through graduate levels. More information is available for prospective students.


Please direct all enquiries concerning the UT BMIL to Mia K. Markey. More information about Prof. Markey is available here.