Vibha Anand, PhD

Vibha Anand, PhD, is Senior Research Scientist and Manager in the Biomedical AI Healthcare & Life Sciences (HCLS) Research at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. She is a Fellow of American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA). Dr. Anand has more than 20 years of research experience in applications of information technology, machine learning, and AI methods to the healthcare domain. Before IBM Research, Dr. Anand was Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University, Case Western Reserve University, and Pediatric Institute, Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Anand’s early research at Indiana University focused on development and evaluation of clinical decision support via computer automation. Evaluated in many observational studies and clinical trials for childhood disease surveillance and management, this work was supported by AHRQ, CDC and NIH, and resulted in high impact publications to inform pediatric screening and management guidelines. At IBM Research, Dr. Anand has led the Type 1 Diabetes Intelligence (T1DI) group, an international consortium supported by JDRF since 2017, among its academic partners and IBM Research. The group’s mission has been to better characterize and refine staging in the presymptomatic phase of type 1 diabetes (T1D) development. Using machine learning and visualization methods for computational modeling, and by harmonizing data from past natural history studies of T1D in at-risk children, the group has extensively investigated heterogeneity in progression to diabetes. This collaborative work has resulted in several high impact publications in the field with novel insights to inform ongoing and future prevention trials, disease staging and screening efforts for public health translation. Dr. Anand’s current research is focused on applications of foundational AI methods. While in early phases, it is geared towards preclinical development of markers in inflammatory conditions with applications in drug development and discovery.

Dr. Anand received her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, India, and PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Indiana University.