BIOS Seminars & Events
All the seminars are held from 12 to 1 pm
3/23 Xin Zhang
3/30 Ashley Naimi
4/13 Ivan Diaz
All the seminars are held from 12 to 1 pm
3/23 Xin Zhang
3/30 Ashley Naimi
4/13 Ivan Diaz
1st place: Zeling He
Proposal title: "A likelihood-based inference approach for detecting differential item functioning in ordinal items with application in mild cognitive impairment"
2nd place: Zihang Wang
Proposal title: "A unified quantile method for quantifying causal effects in quantile integrals and outcome variability
Dr. Simone Gray (CDC) interviews Dr. Dionne Price (FDA and BIOS alum) about Dr. Price’s journey to a deputy director position at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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Raphiel would like to acknowledge his co-authors Zhenwu Zhang (at UNC), Ying Guo, and Ben Risk for their help and guidance.
The 'Python for non-BIOS" course is on its way to the education committee for review in November. Ramesh is also working on the "INFO 521: Databases using SQL" course to offer it as a 3-credit hour course (2 contact hours + 1-hour asynchronous component) going forward. Ramesh was invited by a student organization 'Rollins mHealth Collaboration' to host a 'SQL Workshop' and 60+ students enrolled for the event.
Lance Waller: Yakovlev Colloquium in the Dept of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at Univ of Rochester
Avnika Amin: Paper coming out in Clinical Infectious Diseases
(https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciac699). Lance Waller is also a co-author on this paper. This paper shows convincingly and for the first time that Rotarix (the most commonly used rotavirus vaccine) is less effective against rotaviruses that are antigenically different from the vaccine formula.
Avnika Amin Lance Waller
Steve Qin, PhD, Yijuan Hu, PhD and Hao Wu, PhD gave a training seminar on Bioinformatics in Clinical Research yesterday (see flyers attached). We had 104 participants.
Steve Qin Yijuan Hu Hao Wu
Razieh Nabi: recently got awarded for the BERD pilot grant titled “Tackling missing data from a causal and counterfactual point of view”.
Ying Guo will be an invited speaker at the Second Penn Conference on Big Data in Biomedical and Population Health Sciences (September 19-20, 2022).
2022 - 2023 Livingston Fellow Winner : Yuzi Zhang
2022 - 2023 Michael H. Kutner Doctoral Student Award Winner : Ye Yue
Limin Peng, Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Dr. Peng received this award in person on June 28 at the 2022 IMS Annual Meeting, London, UK. Dr. Peng received the award for innovative and significant contributions to statistical methodology for survival analysis, quantile regression, and high-dimensional inference, and for dedicated professional service.
The designation of IMS Fellow has been a significant honor for over 85 years. Each Fellow is assessed by a committee of their peers and has demonstrated distinction in research or leadership that has profoundly influenced the field.
Created in 1935, the IMS is a member organization that fosters the development and dissemination of the theory and applications of statistics and probability. The IMS has 4,200 active members throughout the world. Approximately 10% of the current IMS membership has earned the status of fellowship.
Penina and Michael Haber Award for Academic Excellence 2022: Yutong Liu & Mengke Du
BIOS MSPH/MPH Poster Presentation Awards: Jing Shang, Elizabeth Fogleman, Nick Toumbacaris, Eric Chou
Jing Shang Elizabeth Fogleman Nick Toumbacaris Eric Chou
BIOS TA Award: Yuxuan Chen & Sohail Nizam
Yuxuan Chen Sohail Nizam
Shepard Award Nominee: Yajie Liu
Penina and Michael Haber PhD Award: Samuel Aiyedipe and Ziyue Wu (tie)
Samuel Aiyedipe Ziyue Wu
Bob Lyles – 2022 Thomas Sellers Award Winner
This award is presented to the faculty member of the Rollins School of Public Health who exemplifies the ideals of public health and who serves as a role model and mentor to his or her colleagues.
Ramesh Manyam – 2022 BIOS Teaching Award
This award is presented annually to a current faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching a BIOS or INFO course.
Hao Wu – 2022 Mentorship Award
This award is presented annually by the students in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics to a current faculty member who demonstrates excellence in mentoring.
Kirk Easley – 2022 Michael J. Lynn Award
This award is presented annually and intended to recognize excellence in collaborative research as demonstrated by an article published within 2 years of the call for nominations. Though published in a non-statistical journal, the article should be impactful and should rely heavily on a solid and well-executed statistical analysis.
We are very proud of our very first SQL Programming class this semester, taught by Dr. Rameshbabu Manyam, which our Adm Asst., Mrs. Mary Abosi, helped to organize. Great job team!
Dr. Krafty has a paper that has been accepted in Psychological Medicine (IF 7.7) “A Lifespan Perspective on Depression in the Postpartum Period in a Racially and Socioeconomically Diverse Sample of Young Mothers”. This paper was done as part of his high school mentee’s training in applied statistical research.
Drs. Risk and Benkeser: New R01 from NIMH “Statistical approaches to improving functional connectivity estimates with an application to Autism”. Ben’s first R01 as PI and over $700k in total costs per year!
Ben Risk David Benkeser
Dr. Natalie was accepted into the COPSS Leadership Academy!
Amita Manatunga has been appointed as the Chair of COPSS (Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies). The COPSS consists of 5 societies: ASA, ENAR, WNAR, IMS and SSC. COPSS is responsible for granting five awards (COPSS President’s Award, Distinguished Achievement Award and Lectureship, Florence Nightingale David Award, George W. Snedecor Award and Elizabeth L.
Scott Award). COPSS Leadership Academy is a new initiative for emerging leaders in statistics created by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies, spearheaded by Bhramar Mukherjee.
Andrea Lane, one of our PhD students was featured in a magazine targeted for
people with disability (LGMD-Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophies). This is a series on patients with LGMD, who have pursued careers in science and she was featured in this issue. The article begins on page 26. We are proud to have her in program!
Amita Manatunga (Principal Investigator) received a four-year funding from the NIHLBI for the grant titled, “Developing Statistical Image Analysis Tools for Non-Invasive Monitoring of Anemia in Low Birth-Weight Infants”. Kirk Easley and Neeta Shenvi are personnel in this grant and they were instrumental in establishing a synergic collaborative team with pediatric neonatal researchers (Drs. Cassandra Josephson & Ravi Patel). A former PhD student, Dr. Jeong H. Jang has a sub-contract at Indiana University Medical Center。
Congrats to Andrea Lane and Ying Cui for winning first place and second place on the 2021-2022 senior Ph.D. students presentation day!
Andrea Lane Ying Cui
Paper accepted at Statistics in Medicine titled “Casual Inference Methods for Vaccine Sieve Analysis with Effect Modification”. It’s a paper first authored by one of our former Master’s students, Elliot Yang.
The paper "Distributional Independent Component Analysis for Diverse Neuroimaging Modalities" by Ben Wu, Subhadip Pal, Jian Kang, and Ying Guo* (*: Corresponding Author) was selected as a Discussion Paper by Biometrics. Ben Wu and Subhadip Pal were postdocs in our department and are now tenure track assistant professors at the Renmin University of China and the University of Louisville, respectively.
Winners of the 2021 Patel-Naik Award are
i. Jialu Ran (1st Place)!
ii. Yuxuan Chen (2nd Place)!
Jialu Ran Yuxuan Chen
We are very proud of our very first Bios Python Programming class this semester, taught by Dr. Rameshbabu Manyam, in which our Adm Asst., Mrs. Mary Abosi, helped to organize. Great job team!
Bios Python Programming Class, Fall 2021
The Michael H. Kutner Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Discipline is given annually to a former Emory University Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics graduate student.
Dr. Patel received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Rice University in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He entered Emory's doctoral program in Biostatistics in 2002 and received his doctoral degree from Emory in 2006, working under his advisor Dr. DuBois Bowman. He developed novel statistical methods to analyze functional connectivity of the brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data. Dr. Patel was selected by the Department of Biostatistics to be Emory’s first recipient of a Merck Company Scholarship in 2003 after his first year as a doctoral student.
Over the course of more than 14 years at Google, Dr. Patel has used his combination of statistical and computer science training to transform many of the products used across the world today. With Google Search, Dr. Patel developed the suite of experimentation tools we use thousands of times each year to make improvements to the core algorithms that power Search. From there, he led teams responsible for the freshness and topicality of search results. When you type a query to Google like, [who won the last Kutner award for distinguished service], the work he did to improve the freshness and topicality of Search is why we’re able to find the result showing the recent winner! This work affects over a billion users every day, and several billion searches a day.
Dr. Patel has always been unique in being able to combine his deep statistical understanding with his background in computer science to solve hard technical challenges, like understanding natural language in Search, or understanding images with Google Lens to build beautiful and simple products that have impacted billions of users across the world. Beyond Search, he also applied these ideas to kick off products like Gboard, the Android keyboard which autocorrects billions of words a day for hundreds of millions of users, and Google Podcasts, the best way to find and listen to audio on your phone. Impact like what he’s delivered doesn’t happen from just one person. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Patel has grown to become an excellent leader of junior engineers, analysts, and product managers, growing and leading teams of more than 300 people to help build Search, Google Lens, ARCore, Gboard, Google Podcasts, and now recently consumer shopping experiences across Google. For his contributions, over the last 14 years, Dr. Patel has been promoted through the ranks at Google, from a Level 4 Research Scientist to now being the Vice President of Engineering in the Consumer Shopping group at Google.
Prior to joining Google in 2007, Dr. Patel worked at Amgen, Inc. as a Senior Biostatistician and then a Biostatistics Manager for 2006 and 2007. At Amgen, Dr. Patel conducted statistical analyses for early phase clinical trials and pre-clinical trials and wrote statistical analysis plans, contributed heavily to clinical trial protocols, and worked with physicians, data managers, and clinical trial specialists to run early phase clinical trials.
Thank you to our outgoing SGA Representatives: Feier Han, Zoey Zuo for all their hard work and dedication to the BIOS students and department! And congratulations to the new incoming 2022 BIOS RSPH student Government Association Representatives: Gaby Blade and Nicole Chen!
Feier Han Zoey Zuo Gaby Blade Nicole Chen
Hao Wu obtained a new NIH R01 grant titled “Dissecting epitranscriptomic signal from complex tissues”.
One of Max’s proposals, the study of transmission dynamics of COVID-19, was funded by the
Dean’s 2021 Pilot Innovation Award ($50,000 over 1 year).
Co-Authored an editorial in the NEJM with colleagues. The editorial is titled, “COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness and the Test Negative Design”, published September 8th, 2021. Please see the link to view.
Bios Chair, Dr. Robert Krafty had his first 4 papers accepted whose work was done while he was at Emory: a Biometrics paper for interpretable statistical learning for time-frequency analysis first-authored by a former Ph.D. student, a Frontiers in Neurology paper evaluating deep learning to reduce patient burden when evaluating MS patients with MRI first-authored by a former masters student, a Translational Psychiatry paper introducing higher criticism for understanding irreproducible results in clinical studies using fMRI connectivity first-authored by his current post-doc, and a European Respiratory Journal article understanding interaction of age and drug effects in pulmonary fibrosis that came through the BCC.
Please congratulate Ying Cui to be the 2021 Livingston Fellow because of her scholarly contributions to BIOS, LGS, RSPH, and Emory!
Please congratulate Zhenxing Guo who wins the 2021 Michael H.Kutner Doctoral student Award because of her scholarly contributions to BIOS, LGS, RSPH, and Emory!
2021 qualifying exam top performers are Jacob Englert, Sam Yin, Qile Dai, and Guangming Yang. Congratulations to them!
2021 Qualifying Exam Top Performers
Natalie Dean was quoted in the July 26th “The Morning” edition of the New York Times in an article by David Leonhardt entitled Good morning. We offer advice about thinking through breakthrough infections.
Per Amita Manatunga, at the joint statistical meeting, Caucus for Women in Statistics celebrated the 50-Year History of the Caucus for Women in Statistics. As the founder of the Caucus in 1970's, Donna Brogan, Professor Emerita spoke about the Origins and Early Days of Caucus for Women in Statistics.
Steve Pittard reports that project E-CARE, which is an AI-assisted recruitment tool funded by the Georgia Research Alliance will now be the subject of a semester-long collaboration and business case analysis by students in the TI: GER program. The TI: GER effort, (Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results), is a nationally recognized collaboration between Emory Law and the Georgia Institute of Technology which brings together graduate students in business, science, law, and engineering to work on start-up projects to transform highly promising research into economically viable projects.
Teng Fei defended his dissertation proposal on July 15th;
Title: Latent Class Methods for Complex Chronic Disease Data
Raphiel Murden defended his Dissertation Proposal on July 22nd;
Topics in Data Integration Methods for Neuroimaging and Generalized Additive Mixed Models for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Curves and Psychosocial Stressors
Grace Kim defended her Dissertation Proposal on July 23rd;
Title: Flexible Methods to Incorporate Covariates in Latent Class Analysis.
Congratulations to Dr. Howard Chang for receiving an NIH Supplement to study the impacts of heat on Alzheimer's disease morbidity.
Dr. Renee Moore has contributed to a chapter to a book titled “Leadership in Statistics and Data Science: Planning for Inclusive Excellence” edited by Amanda Golbeck and published by Springer. The title of Renee’s chapter is “My Journey to Leadership” during which she shares 21 Lessons Learned/Highlights from her journey as a student at an all-women’s HBCU to a faculty member at a research 1 institute. Renee highlights many of her Emory BIOS mentors and colleagues in the chapter.
Dr. Renee Moore is a co-author of the recently published article “Data and Safety Monitoring of COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials” appearing in the "The Journal of Infectious Diseases". The article is accompanied with a commentary by Lawrence Corey who titled his comments as “Behind the Scenes Heroes: the COVID-19 Vaccine Data and Safety Monitoring Board”.
Dr. Lance Waller has been named to a three-year term on the US Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee (1-2 meetings a year).
Dr. Steve Pittard and his team just received a second round of funding from the Georgia Research Alliance to continue development of E-CARE which is a product that employs Natural Language Processing to identify qualified candidates for multi-leveled clinical research positions. Steve is the entrepreneurial lead for this project which involves Biostatistics, School of Nursing, Emory Computer Science, Human Resources and the Office of Technology Transfer. “Our intent is to commercialize this technology and license it to major vendors of Applicant Tracking Systems.”
Congratulations to BIOS alumna, Dr. Dionne Price of the Food and Drug Administration, who was elected President of the American Statistical Association! Great news and recognition of her leadership!
Dionne Price Elected President of American Statistical Association
Each year, students who have reached candidacy and above give a brief presentation of their dissertation research. The winners for 2021 best Ph.D. Senior Student Presentation is "Latent Class Analysis for Time-to-event Data" by Teng Fei. Congratulation!
The Livingston Fellowship Award is given by the Dean’s Office for the most promising or best-performing Ph.D. student in each of the doctoral programs housed within RSPH. Bo Wei is the winner of this prize in 2021. Congratulations!
The Patel-Naik Award is given annually to one or two pre-candidacy Ph.D. students who develop an outstanding and innovative research proposal. This award is made possible through the generous contribution of alumni Rajan Patel and Kinnery Naik Patel. Congratulations to Shiyu Wang, who is the owner of this prize in 2021! The title of his presentation is "A Deep Neural Network Architecture for the Reconstruction of Subcellular Spatial Structures from Genome Data".
The Michael H. Kutner Doctoral Student Award is given annually to an outstanding Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics who has passed the qualifying exams, demonstrates strong leadership skills, and has conducted excellent research. Raphiel Murden is the winner of this prize in 2021. Congratulations!
This award is given annually to two Master’s students seeking a degree in Biostatistics within the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Emory University. The award recognizes an MPH student and an MSPH student who excel in their academic pursuits during the first year of the program with the highest GPA. This award is made possible through the generous contribution of Dr. Michael and Mrs. Penina Haber. Congratulations to Tingyang Hu and Lei Wang for winning this prize!
Tingyang Hu Lei Wang
The Penina and Michael Haber Doctoral Award is given annually to a doctoral student seeking a degree in Biostatistics within the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Emory University. The award recognizes a student(s) who successfully progress towards a degree in the least number of semesters. Congratulations to Joshua Lukemire who won this prize!
This year, the BIOS Best Teaching Assistant Award was given to Shijia Bian. Congratulations to her!
The 2021 BIOS Best Capstone/Thesis Video Presentation Award was given to JaNae Holloway, Sabah Munir, and Aiwen Yao. Congratulations!
JaNae Holloway Sabah Munir Aiwen Yao
This award is given annually to the graduating RSPH master's students who are deemed by the faculty to have prepared the most scholarly research paper. BIOS students Xin Wei and Xiaobo Yan were nominated as the BIOS candidates for the award, congratulations!
Xin Wei Xiaobo Yan
This award is given annually to a former graduate of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (and including all predecessor department names) at Emory University. The 2021 winner is Dr. Cheryl Addy.
Congratulations to Dr. David Benkeser, the winner of the 2021 Michael Lynn Award.
Congratulations to Dr. Yi-An Ko, the winner of the 2021 BIOS Faculty Mentor Award.
Congratulations to Dr. Ben Risk, the winner of the BIOS Teaching Award.
Mary Abosi has been promoted to Administrative Assistant!
Howard Chang has been promoted to Full Professor with Tenure!
Dr. Rob Krafty has been award tenure and the title has changed from Acting Professor to Rollins Professor!
Dr. Robert Krafty’s work aims to better understand and treat mental and behavioral health. His tools—algorithms, statistical models, and machine learning. He uses these to translate the massive data gleaned from MRIs, fMRIs, EEGs, and wearable devices like FitBits into something that can be understood. “My work involves collaborating with teams of clinicians and other scientists,” he says. “I do the math that can unlock useful information contained in the data.”
Lance Waller’s paper “Building intuition regarding the statistical behavior of mass medical testing programs” with Taal Levi (Oregon State) was accepted at Harvard Data Science Review. It should be online soon.
Mary Kelley’s method for analyzing zero-inflated ordinal logistic regression has been incorporated as a new feature in Stata 17.
Ying Guo has been elected Chair and Ben Risk as Program Chair for the Statistical Methods In Imaging Section of the ASA.
Ying Guo Ben Risk
Ph.D. students graduating in May are Meng Shi, Joshua Lukemire, and Behzad Kianian.
They have secured jobs as follows:
i. Meng Shi is currently working at Facebook as a software engineer at messaging search ranking and backend team. Her advisor is Michael Haber.
ii. Joshua Lukemire will begin his Postdoctoral Fellowship position in medical imaging at Emory University. His advisor is Suprateek Kundu.OS
iii. Behzad Kianian has accepted a position at The Centers for Disease Control. His advisor is Lance Waller.
Meng Shi Joshua Lukemire Behzad Kianian
Ph.D. students with internships include Ganzhong Tian / Amazon, Inc., Sohail Nizam / Uber, Ying Cui/ Pfizer, Yingtian Hu/AbbVie, Ziyue Wu/ Facebook, Inc.
Ganzhong Tian Sohail Nizam Ying Cui Yingtian Hu
Cecile Lahiri, one of the investigators that Dr. Christina Mehta has worked with since she was junior faculty, received her first R01! They will be continuing their work on examining the role of INSTIs on health outcomes for persons living with HIV. Besides, Dr. Christina Mehta was recently selected to be ENAR Diversity Liaison.
Cecile Lahiri Christina Mehta
Dr. Christina Mehta's APE student, JaNae Holloway, was a finalist for the Outstanding APE award. She recently presented her work to Dean Curran. Dr. Christina Mehta's Capstone student Patrick Zhang got a CDC Public Health Informatics fellowship.
JaNae Holloway Patrick Zhang
BIOS student Shauna McManus has accepted a fully remote job with Pharmerit, an OPEN Health company. She will be working on patient-centered outcomes research, with a main focus on oncology projects. Through this research, she will work with the FDA to integrate patient-reported data into clinical trials in a meaningful and statistically rigorous manner.
Shirin Jabbarzadeh Angela Guinyard
Howard Chang is involved with a new NIH R21 project on modeling dust storms and their health effects in the southwestern US.
Dr. Lance Waller was quoted in a “How Stuff Works” post on the “Bayes’ Theorem Helps Us Nail Down Probabilities”. Link for more information.
Amita Manatunga Renee Moore
Dr. Rob Krafty has first paper looking at health in Atlanta: “Greenspace Redevelopment, Residential Displacement, and Sleep Quality among Black Adults in Southwest Atlanta” - Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.
MSPH student Hannah Kalvin has accepted the position of Assistant Research Biostatistician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Hannah has worked with Renee Moore in BCC on several epidemiology projects and with Jeff Switchenko (her capstone advisor) analyzing the relationship between breast cancer mortality and BMI. Hannah is looking forward to moving to New York City (once it is safe to do so) and beginning her career as a collaborative biostatistician in oncology research.
MSPH student Brendan Ceretto-Clark recently accepted a full-time position at The Emmes Company, LLC as an Associate Biostatistician and successfully negotiated a competitive salary, sign-on bonus, and benefits. The position will be remote for now but Brendan is looking forward to moving to Washington D.C in 2022 and working on ophthalmology, oncology, opioid addiction, and other clinical trials. His advisor is Jose Binongo.
Hannah Kalvin Brendan Ceretto-Clark
Sohail Nizam Ziyue Wu
Congratulate Raphiel Murden, who is one of only five LGS student inductees of the Edward A. Bouchet Honor Society in 2020. A great honour and well-deserved. Link.
David Benkeser was featured and quoted in an online CNN article, “Changes to coronavirus vaccine schedule wouldn't start with FDA, the agency says”. He is currently working with the NIH-led trials to prepare for the analysis of immune response data from the large US trials to identify which immune responses are driving the vaccine’s effect. “If we can identify the immune responses that are important for preventing COVID, then we can potentially open up accelerated pathways for approval of new vaccines and/or existing vaccines in new populations (e.g., children or pregnant women).”
Renee Moore was a co-author in the article “Creating and Sustaining Effective Pipeline Initiatives to Increase Diversity in Biostatistics: The ENAR Fostering Diversity in Biostatistics Workshop", published in Journal of Statistics Education, 2020.
Dr. Rob Krafty had his first two senior author publications while at Emory accepted, a methodological paper in the Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics and an applied.
Zhenxing Guo won the 2021 JSM Student Paper Award from the ASA Section on Statistics in Genomics and Genetics (SGG).
Ying Cui, a PhD student, won several paper awards:
Yingtian Hu was a winner and Josh Lukemire a runner-up for the Statistics in Imaging Section of the ASA’s Student Paper Competition.
Yingtian Hu Josh Lukemire
Steve Pittard and Dr. Steve Qin received a $350 grant from the Emory Center for Faculty Development and Excellence Mini-Grant program to finance software to develop educational videos for deployment on YouTube and Canvas. It will be used to provide expanded content for students of BIOS 534 Machine Learning and BIOS 545 Intro to R.
Steve Qin Steve Pittard
Shiyu Wang was the winner of the 2020 PATEL-NAIK AWARD. Congratulations on his outstanding project submission, which is a deep neural network architecture for the reconstruction of subcellular spatial structures from genome data.