Graduate Group in Epidemiology & Biostatistics


Biostatistics Graduates

Where do Biostatistics graduates go? Many go on, either directly or following a postdoctoral position, to academic careers. Others play a major role in biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies or government. Training in biostatistics can prepare you for many other walks of life. Below is a list of our recent graduates and their accomplishments.

2015-16 | 2014-15 | 2013-14 | 2012-13


Shaun Bender (PhD Degree, August)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Justine Shults, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Ignorability Conditions for Incomplete Data and the First Order Markov Conditional Linear Expectation Approach for Analysis of Longitudinal Discrete Data with Overdispension.

Daniel Shin (PhD Degree, August)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Russell Taki Shinohara, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Novel Statistical Methodologies in Analysis of Position Emission Tomography Data: Applications in Segmentation, Normalization, and Trajectory Modeling.

Emin Tahirovic (PhD Degree, August)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Andrea B. Troxel, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Sensitivity Analysis for Non-Ignorable Dropout of Marginal Treatment Effect in Longidudianal


Victoria Gamerman (PhD Degree, May)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Phyllis Gimotty, PhDand Justine Shults, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Statistical Methods for Time-Conditional Survival Probability and Equally Spaced Count Data

James Greenberg (MS Degree, August)

  • Thesis Advisor: Bing Cai and Sean Hennessy
  • Thesis Title:Probabalistic Record Linkage within the THIN Database

Sidan He (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Phyllis Gimotty, PhD
  • Thesis Title: Categorical predictors based on optimal cut points in regression modeling: Evaluation of Lymph node count and survival of melanoma patients.

Edward H. Kennedy (PhD Degree, May)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Dylan Small, PhD and Marshall Joffe, MD, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Doubly robust causal inference with complex parameters.

Julie Kobie (PhD Degree, May)

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Jiaqi Li (PhD Degree, May)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Nandita Mitra, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Doubly Robust and Machine Learning Approaches for Economic Evaluation Using Observational Data.

Pixu Shi (PhD Degree, May)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Hongzhe Li, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Statistical Methods for Compositional and Tree-Structured Count Data.

Andrew Smith (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Wei-Ting Hwang, PhD
  • Thesis Title: Estimating the predictive value of continuous markers for censored survival data using a likelihood ratio approach.

Fei Wan (PhD Degree, August)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Nandita Mitra, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: A general framework for evaluating bias in two-stage instrumental variable methods.

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2014 - 2015

Anne M. Blair (MS Degree, December)

  • Thesis Advisor: Phyllis Gimotty, PhD
  • Thesis Title: Willebrand's disease.

Lu Chen (PhD Degree, May)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Jinbo Chen, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Maximum Likelihood Methods for Missing Data Problems in Case-Control Studies.

Jiwei He (PhD Degree, December)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Marshall Joffe, MD, MPH, PhD, Alisa Stephens, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Causal modeling under complex dependency in clustered and longitudinal observations.

John Pluta (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Russel T. Shinohara, PhD
  • Thesis Title: Development of dementia biomarkers from hippocampal and medial temporal lobe subregions via penalized regression.

Pixu Shi (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Nandita Mitra, PhD
  • Thesis Title: Sensitivity analysis for matching-based instrumental variable estimation.

Yang Yang (MS Degree, August)

  • Thesis Advisor: Mingyao Li, PhD & Muredach Reilly, MD
  • Thesis Title: A flexible framework for differential isoform expression analysis in RNA-seq.

Jarcy Zee (PhD Degree, December)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Sharon X. Xie, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Survival analysis with uncertain endpoints using an internal validaion subsample.

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2013 - 2014

Erica Billig (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Scarlett Bellamy, ScD & Robert Gross, MD, MSCE
  • Thesis Title: Joint models as integrated approach for behavioral and biological outcomes in HIV adherence research.

Xinglei Chai (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Jinbo Chen, PhD & Timothy Rebbeck, PhD
  • Thesis Title: Use of risk-reducing surgeries in a prospective cohort of 1,499 BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carrier.

Matthew Davis (PhD Degree, May)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Warren Bilker, PhD & J. Richard Landis, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Estimation and inference of the three-level intraclass correlation coefficient.

Thomas Jemielita (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Kathleen Propert, ScD & Jason Roy, PhD
  • Thesis Title: Negative binomial modeling of hospitalization rates: a comparison of New York and Pennsylvania to evaluate the health of hydro-fracking.

Cheng Jia (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Mingyao Li, PhD & Dwight Stambolian, MD, PhD
  • Thesis Title: Transcriptomic analysis of the human neurosensory retina and photoreceptor support system.

Patricia Kooker (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Kathleen Propert, ScD & Jessica Fishman, PhD
  • Thesis Title: Effects of communication in health care: Sharing information with cancer patients.

Jiaqi Li (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Nandita Mitra, PhD & Justin Bekelman, MD
  • Thesis Title: Cost effectiveness analysis using instrumental variables.

Kay See Tan (PhD Degree, May)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Andrea Troxel, ScD & Benjamin French, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Semi-parametric regression models for longitudinal data with outcome-dependent observation times.

Rengyi Emily Xu (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Rui Feng, PhD & Sara DeMauro, MD
  • Thesis Title: The impact of parental history of the onset of asthma: a study based on National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III.

Lola Luo (PhD Degree, December)

Qian Vicky Wu (PhD Degree, December)

Hojun Hwang (MS Degree, August)

  • Thesis Advisor: Justine Shults, PhD & Peter Reese, MD, MSCE
  • Thesis Title: Analysis of pediatric wait-times for deceased-donor kidneys.

Hong Wan (PhD Degree, August)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Susan Ellenberg, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Issues in adaptive/group sequential designs.

Michael Wierzbicki (PhD Degree, August)

  • Dissertation Advisor: Wensheng Guo, PhD
  • Dissertation Title: Nonlinear structural functional models.

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2012 - 2013

Shaun Bender (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Justine Shults, PhD & Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE
  • Thesis Title: The association between calcification in the heart and bone density.

Julie Kobie (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Hongzhe Li, PhD & Dwight Stambolian, MD, PhD
  • Thesis Title: African American SNP association with glaucoma.

Anagha Kumar (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Andrea Troxel, ScD & Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH
  • ThesisTitle: LABAT (Lymphedema Assessment of the Breast, Arm and Torso) trial.

Kaitlin Woo (MS Degree, May)

  • Thesis Advisor: Nandita Mitra, PhD & Justin Bekelman, MD
  • Thesis Title: Stage migration in prostate cancer.

Peter Dawson (PhD Degree, December)

Sandra Griffith (PhD Degree, December)

Kaijun Liao (PhD Degree, December)

Matthew White (PhD Degree, December)

Arwin Thomasson (PhD Degree, August)

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