Yalini Senathirajah is currently Assistant Professor of medical informatics at SUNY Downstate Medical center. Her research interests include clinical and public health informatics, including development of a novel user-composable electronic health record platform and research on its effects on medical cognition, human-computer interaction/efficiency, and system development. She has extensive experience with web technologies and the use of technology for health interventions, having served in several research-oriented webmaster positions including five years as webmaster of the Columbia University Health sciences campus (a very large academic medical center), where she created/managed a large consumer-oriented health website and numerous other applications in support of research, education and patient care.

Other interests include health disparities, interface design, the use of web technologies and mobile computing for medicine and health promotion (particularly in underserved populations), global health, and the effects of technology on social networks and health. Her earlier biology work concentrated in environmental physiology (physiologic adaptations of organisms to extreme environments). She also has an interest in fostering innovation in health IT and research.

She holds a PhD in biomedical informatics from Columbia University, AB in Biology from Harvard University, and studied veterinary medicine at Ontario Veterinary College.