Department of Biomedical Informatics
Dr. Gonzalez is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at
Arizona State University and Data Core Director for one of the largest
NIH/NIA supported Alzheimer’s Disease Centers. She leads the
DIEGO (Discovery through Integration and Extraction of Genomic
She has positioned her research in the cross-cutting field of
knowledge discovery from “big data”: using natural
language processing (NLP) to extract information from clinical
records, journal articles, and social media postings to elucidate data
patterns, trends, and relationships that can aid the discovery process
in genetic research, precision medicine, clinical decision support,
and public health monitoring and surveillance.
Her federal research funding includes a contract and R01 from the
NLM, an R56 from the NIAID, a sub-contract award for the Data Core of
a P30 from the NIA, and a year of exploratory funding from the FDA
JIFSAN program, for a total of 2.8 million dollars received in awards
since 2010. Over the same period, she has published 18 journal
articles in JAMIA, JBI, Oxford Bioinformatics, IEEE/ACM Transactions
in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, and the IEEE Transactions
on Knowledge and Data Engineering, among others. She has also
published 33 peer-reviewed conference papers in the field since 2007,
at venues such as ISMB/ECCB, AMIA and the Pacific Symposium on
Biocomputing, among others.
Dr. Gonzalez regularly serves as a reviewer for the NIH, including
participation in the NLM permanent review panel (BLIRC) from 2008 to
2013. She has also served as reviewer for the National Science
Foundation and numerous journals and conferences, including the
Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, the Journal
of Biomedical Informatics, PLOS One, Database, and many others. Before
obtaining her PhD, Dr. Gonzalez worked as a Software Engineer and held
other management positions for over seven years, leading the
development of large-scale projects on database monitoring, imaging,
and multimedia production.
Google scholar profile.
DIEGO lab home page.
Natural Language Processing methods, social media mining, text
mining, knowledge-based methods for pharmacovigilance, clinical
decision support, public health monitoring and other biomedical applications.