Albert M. Lai, PhD, is the Chief Research Information Officer (CRIO) for the Washington University School of Medicine and is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medical Sciences. In his role as CRIO, he oversees the Informatics Core Services group, which serves as the informatics services arm for the Institute for Informatics. Dr. Lai specializes in the development of research informatics infrastructure and is well recognized in the fields of clinical research informatics and consumer health informatics. His recent research has focused on the application of natural language processing, temporal reasoning and information fusion to generate a longitudinal computable phenotype to support clinical trial prescreening. He has additional research interests in telemedicine, mobile health, data sharing networks, and usability of provider and patient-facing systems.