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Graduate Research Assistants

Sanja Avramovic

Sanja Avramovic

Sanja is a PhD candidate in information technology at George Mason University's Volgenau School of Engineering. Her thesis involves stochastic forecasting in transportation networks, using Markov chains, and analysis of large data sets. She is applying her database expertise as a research assistant for Dr. Hua Min.

Sanja received a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She defended her master's thesis on the topic of intelligent information systems. Her background includes experience in database development and administration, software development, data analyzing, and data collection.

Sarah Chowdhury

Syeda (Sarah) Chowdhury

Sarah is pursuing an MHA in health systems management with a concentration in risk management and patient safety and is working as a graduate research assistant with Dr. Gilbert Gimm.

Sarah completed a BA in economics from North Carolina State University along with a global perspectives certificate, which promotes international awareness, community service, and public health. This provided avenues to explore global and public health, which led to her decision to pursue an MHA degree. Sarah serves as the treasurer of the award-winning AcademyHealth Student Chapter at George Mason.

Priyadarshini Karthik

Priyadarshini Karthik

Priyadarshini is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in health informatics. As a graduate research assistant to Dr. Janusz Wojtusiak, she is working on a NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) application (Evap-Cond). Evap-Cond is a software package that contains NIST's simulation models for a finned-tube evaporator and condenser. The work involves creating graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and other functionalities in Java.

Priyadarshini has a graduate certificate in SAS (statistical software) and business data mining from Oklahoma State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in information technology from Anna University, India.

Talha Oz

Talha Oz

Talha Oz, a PhD student in the Department of Computational Social Science, is interested in mining health care data and is working with Dr. Janusz Wojtusiak in George Mason University's Machine Learning and Inference Lab. He is also responsible for managing the internal server systems in the Department of Health Administration and Policy.

Talha holds two master's degrees in computer science with concentrations in networks and artificial intelligence. More specifically, he studied Internet measurements during his master's program at the University of Nevada, Reno, while he focused on data mining at George Mason University. He earned his BS degree in computer engineering from Bogazici University, Turkey.

Chris Rieve

Chris Rieve

Chris is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Arts in economics program. He is assisting Dr. Alison Cuellar on a project titled “Examining Consumer’s Response to a Customized Price Transparency Tool in Health Care,” funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Chris received his received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington, where he double majored in math and economics. He has developed a keen interest in health economics and hopes to continue working in the field after graduation.