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Samir is the Chief Research Information Officer (CRIO), and Director of Research Informatics at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Samir joined the Institute in 1999. Samir is responsible for all aspects of software design and development for clinical, basic science, and population research at HCI. He coordinates the efforts of the Research Informatics Shared Resource to meet the needs and requirements of the Cancer Center, provides guidance and planning effort for each project, runs coordination meetings, manages staff, and provides strategic direction for architecture, projects, and technology.
He has been at HCI for 15 years during which his team was responsible for the design and implementation of several systems, including an enhanced Research Subject Registry. A Biospecimen Tracking System (itBioPath), a translational research application for the Biorepository and Molecular Pathology Core BMP, and a Comprehensive Clinical Cancer Research System (CCR) with a robust and extensible meta model enabling all cancer groups to co-exist in the same database, managed by a very complex security model which is compliant with IRB, and HIPPA regulations. The team released GNomEx a High Throughput Next Gen Sequencing LIMS system for use by the HCI and University of Utah community.
The team completed work on an analysis suite built upon the Integrated Genome Browser (IGB) and the Distributed Annotation System (DAS/2) along with an internally developed publishing suite GenoPub. GNomEx and GenoPub were both released as an open source project and are available for download on sourceforge. GNomEx was recently integrated with our BioSpecimen System (itBioPath) to provide linkages between genomic and clinical data. The development of a Chemical Screens Annotation and Management System (CSAM) was also completed within the last six months. Mr. Courdy is developing a natural language processing workflow for identifying and extracting clinical and diagnostic information from surgical pathology reports, physicians’ notes and radiology documents. This project is utilizing a third party software package from Linguamatics.
Prior to his service at HCI, he worked in the private sector in several roles including software engineering and development, in the areas of real time visual flight simulation for the US and foreign militaries, led teams responsible for developing large workflow software systems at Fidelity Investments. Part of the design and development team responsible for creating the Pathways Laboratory Information System at McKesson, known now as the Horizon Lab product line.