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  • MS in Nutrition, Tufts University
  • BS in Biology, Morehouse College

About Me

  • Field of Study: Personal Health Informatics
  • PhD Advisor: Holly Jimison


Brandon Ransom is a PhD student in Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences. His primary field of study is Personal Health Informatics, and he is advised by Professor Holly Jimison. Ransom received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Morehouse College, a Historically Black College, and his Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Tufts University. He is also a proud Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholar.

Ransom’s current research includes developing a telehealth (videoconference-based) coaching software for hypertension that will use electrodermal inputs, which measure the electrical resistance of the skin. He will also be contributing to the wellbeing of underserved populations in health in his development of health-technology community engagement frameworks. Ransom’s research areas include Data Science and Personal Health Informatics, and he is a member of research labs and groups that include the Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care, the Northeastern Center for technology in Support of Self-Management & Health and the Health Behavior Informatics Lab.

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

Thus far, I am conducting research on developing a telehealth (videoconferencing-based) coaching platform for hypertension that will use electrodermal inputs. Within the Health Behavior Informatics lab, I will also be developing health-technology community engagement frameworks for underserved populations in health.

What are your research interests?

My research interests are to create protocols for using health technology in communities that are typically not engaged. It is my hope that my research will help in creating a culture of health by providing culturally-tailored solutions for bridging gaps within our current healthcare system.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

I am interested in developing consumer facing technologies that can reduce or eliminate health disparities.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

Technology is just a method for improving communication. The work that we do within our lab will improve the speed of health technology diffusion in communities of color.

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?

I studied Biology at Morehouse College. Morehouse is a Historically Black College (HBCU) that provided a solid foundation for pursuing research in underserved communities. I am proud of the strong foundation in public health and public service that I received. I also received a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Tuft’s University that has provided me with a unique perspective on the practice of health within underserved communities.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

Upon graduation, I am looking to establish a national research center for reducing health disparities through health technology.