Meet Our Team

Meet Our Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics Team

Cem Akkus
Cem Akkus, PhD, MS, MPH

Cem Akkus is a biomedical informatics research specialist and responsible for maintaining the Pediatric Research Database, software applications, tools and database management systems. Contact Cem at

Tamekia L. Jones
Tamekia L. Jones, PhD

Dr. Tamekia Jones is a director of the CFRI’s Biostatistics Core. She assists investigators with study design, sample size and power calculations and statistical analyses. Jones earned her PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and served as a senior statistician for frontline Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia clinical trials in the Children’s Oncology Group at the University of Florida. Her research interests include clinical trials, survival analysis, robust statistics, obesity, cardiovascular disease and health disparities. She is also an associate professor in UTHSC’s Department of Pediatrics and Department of Preventive Medicine.

Manasa Mallampaty
Manasa Mallampaty, MS

Manasa Mallampaty is a biomedical informatics research specialist and responsible for the Research Electronic Data Capture database management system. She has expertise in SAS, software technologies, data storage technologies and translational science technologies. Contact Manasa at

Rumana Siddique
Rumana Siddique, MBBS

Rumana Siddique, MBBS, is the clinical data specialist for the CFRI. Rumana provides assistance with data manipulation and statistical analysis for CFRI investigators. She has expertise in epidemiological study designs, epigenetics and SAS for data analysis.