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About Us

BESI-C brings together the creative, problem-solving spirit of both engineering and nursing, and represents a truly interdisciplinary research endeavor supported by a dedicated team of faculty, students and collaborators.

Lead Faculty

The BESI-C project combines John Lach's pioneering work in developing sensor platforms and data analytics to improve health outcomes, along with Virginia LeBaron's clinical and research experience as an oncology and palliative care nurse.

John Lach

UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
GW School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Virginia LeBaron

UVA School of Nursing

Students

A diverse team of graduate and undergraduate students help support the day-to-day operations of BESI-C.

Graduate

Rachel Bennett

UVA School of Nursing

Undergraduate

Penn Bauman

UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Caroline Bell

UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Leah Bianchi

UVA School of Nursing

Tuyet Chuong

UVA School of Nursing

Yudel Martinez

UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Hannah Moody

UVA School of Nursing

Kimberly Novak

UVA School of Nursing

Emmanuel Ogunjirin

UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Nyota Patel

UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Collaborators

Key partners that support the work of BESI-C.

Susie Beck

University of Utah College of Nursing, Professor Emeritus
Consultant

Leslie Blackhall

UVA School of Medicine

Patti Dewberry

Hospice of the Piedmont

Nadim El-Jaroudi

UVA Dev Hub

Randy Jones

UVA School of Nursing

Bryan Lewis

UVA Biocomplexity Institute

Sarah Ratcliffe

UVA School of Medicine

Clinical Research Coordinator

Penny Amos

UVA School of Nursing

Project Management

Amber Steen

UVA Center for Global Health Equity

Alumni

Ridwan Alam

UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Katherine Gordon

UVA School of Nursing

James Hayes

UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Nutta Homdee

UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Kate Lichti

UVA School of Nursing

Sahar Mohammadi

UVA School of Nursing

Davon Okoro

UVA School of Nursing

John Park

UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Tanya Thomas

UVA School of Nursing

Seth Vanderbraak

UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Sponsors

Past Sponsors