Zhuofan Jia

Zhuofan Jia

Home Institution
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Year Participated

Year in School

REU Faculty Mentor
Gang Wang

Research Area Interest
Security and Privacy

Project Title
High Trust Patient Outreach

Biography & Research Abstract


Patient outreach is critical to enable timely provider-patient communication to ensure the well-being of patients and improve the efficiency of healthcare workers. This project aims to survey, design, and prototype patient outreach communication channels that are both inclusive and secure. By “inclusive”, it means this project will explore techniques that support patients of all levels of socioeconomic status including those who have limited access to high-end computers or smartphones. By “secure”, it means the project will be addressing the pressing threats from various attacks (e.g., phishing) over online communication channels. In this internship program, I work with a team of professors, graduate students, and OSF healthcare IT engineers to develop a secure communication system for patient outreach. The project will involve surveying existing techniques and implementing a proof-of-concept secure SMS system.


Zhuofan is a rising senior pursuing a dual degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. She is also a James Scholar since Spring 2020. At UIUC, she has been a course associate for CS 125 in Spring 2020 and Fall 2020. In Spring 2022, she was a research scholar at Discovery Partners Institute. She is interested in exploring the field of AI and ML.