Drashko Nakikj

Columbia University
Biological & Biomedial Sciences
2012 Fulbright S&T Fellow

Drashko Nakikj is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics. As a 2012 International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow, he will be conducting research in medical knowledge sharing systems. In the years to come he will try to develop a comprehensive consultation system that will facilitate knowledge sharing between medical professionals, delivering valuable information at the point of care. He will try to find a way to integrate various disciplines such as knowledge extraction and presentation, knowledge sharing, remote collaboration, information retrieval, natural language processing, EHR text mining and next generation EHRs in one powerful, mobile oriented, system.

Drashko Nakikj’s passion about problem solving and innovation dates back in his High School years when he excelled in academics winning numerous awards on National Competitions in Mathematics and Physics and two bronze medals on the Macedonian Mathematics Olympiad. He was promoted the student of his class in the best High School for Mathematics and Natural Sciences “Nikola Karev”, at that time, in Macedonia. He received his Bachelor Degree in Computer Science, Informatics and Automation from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies at “Ss. Cyril and Methodius University” in Skopje, in 2007. During his undergraduate studies he covered several engineering fields including Computer Science and Engineering, Informatics and Telecommunication, and Automation. He excelled in each consecutive year earning a prestigious academic acknowledgement as being promoted among the top ten students in his class on the Graduation Day. His broad interests in natural sciences led him to integrate his engineering skills with Medicine and therefore he enrolled in the Masters Program in Computer Science and Information Technologies, at the same school, focusing on Medical Information Systems. To improve his engineering versatility and get international experience, in 2009 he did a 5 month research stay at Washington University in St. Louis, USA, working on low power image sensors. During his master studies he published several papers on international and major European conferences for Medical Informatics. He earned his Masters degree in 2011 by defending his Master Thesis titled “Consultation System for Knowledge Sharing between Medical Professionals”.

Parallel to his academic progress he was also involved in sports. His basketball career, which ended in 2010, includes several medals in youngster categories, membership in all categories of youngster national selections and several years playing in the National Premier League. His biggest success is winning the gold medal with Ss. Cyril and Methodius University Basketball Selection on the University Games in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2006.