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Gregory Gibbs

Nashville, Tenn.

Ph.D. Biomedical Data Science

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Ph.D. Biomedical Data Science


Gregory Gibbs, a Ph.D. Biomedical Data Science student, is passionate about applying data science models to proteomics data to predict the risk of dementia in African Americans. He has more than 10 years of experience in biomedical research and three years of experience in data management.

Gibbs started the Meharry SACs Biomedical Data Science Ph.D. program in the fall of 2022. While pursuing his doctorate, he was promoted from data manager to data scientist at the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In that role, he is applying his education to numerous studies involving the detection of early signs of dementia in diverse populations.

Gibbs and Loni Taylor, a fellow biomedical data science doctoral student, recently had the abstract, “Race and risk: a bioinformatic analysis of Alzheimer’s disease,” published in BMC proceedings of the 4th National Big Data Health Science Conference, 2023. 

After completing his doctorate, Gibbs hopes to teach and develop a center for African American dementia.

Learn more about Gregory Gibbs in FAQ below.

Please briefly describe both your educational and professional background. Please include the industry for any professional experience.

I have bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in liberal studies. My professional career consists of biomedical research in oncology, pathology and dementia.

Describe your experience in computer science, programming, or statistics before starting your program.

I had previously attended a six-month data analysis bootcamp. The course included the programming languages of Python, R, and Java.

How did you become interested in data science?

One of my previous jobs involved collecting longitudinal data for stem cell transplantation.

Why did you decide to study data science at Meharry?

Meharry offered an opportunity for me to take classes remotely as well offering evening classes.

What do you hope to accomplish with your degree?

I plan on teaching and developing a center for African American dementia.

Do you have any research goals or interests that you wish to pursue during the program?

I am interested in the analysis of proteomics data to predict the risk of dementia in African Americans.

What has been your favorite class so far?

Biostatistics

Have you been employed while you pursue your degree? If so, have you been able to apply what you have learned in your current role?

While pursuing this degree, I have used what I have learned in the program to get a promotion from data manager to data scientist.

Have you worked on any research projects? If so, with which faculty? Please also describe your project.

I am currently working on numerous studies involving the detection of early signs of dementia in diverse populations at the University of Miami Comprehensive Brain Health Center.