Ping Lin

Nominated From: University of Michigan

Research Site: China

Project: Biomedical Global Health Informatics

Primary Mentor: Yangfeng Wu, Ph.D, M.D. (Peking University)


Ching-Ping Lin is a senior fellow in the Institute of Translational Health Science at the University of Washington, developing community-based health data sharing networks. She has published her work in informatics journals and presented at national informatics and translational informatics conferences. While she has an extensive information technology background, she has deliberately chosen projects that also have a strong human and cultural element. These socio-technical interests motivated her to conduct dissertation research studying how physicians work in situ and developing data sharing partnerships with underserved and marginalized populations. Her current work with communities has taken her across the United States visiting American Indian tribes and rural clinics. She has met with community members and tribal leaders and gained a personal understanding of the challenges in translational research across cultures and with sovereign nations. Her goal is to play a strong role in creating the international infrastructures and policies necessary to advance global health research through data and biospecimen sharing.

Ping is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and was raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Bowdoin College in 1995 with a degree in Computer Science and Classics. After graduating, she went to work in the technology industry, principally for start-up companies, where through success and failure she gained entrepreneurial experience in turning ideas into marketable products that she applies in her work building research infrastructures. In 2003, she was awarded a National Library of Medicine fellowship to study biomedical informatics. She has taught courses in clinical informatics at the University of Washington and Bellevue College and intends to make teaching a priority in her future career.

Ping is a singer of early (pre-18th century) music and a church cantor and soloist. She recently began studying the piano and has found the experience extremely humbling. She loves raising chickens in the city, playing games and running.



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