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Giorgos Bakoyannis

Dr. Giorgos Bakoyannis is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Biostatistics at the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health. His methodological research is focused on the nonparametric and semiparametric analysis of survival and competing risks data, with a special emphasis on issues commonly arising in biomedical and clinical research, such as missing data, outcome misclassification and interval censoring. Dr. Bakoyannis research interests also include Markov processes, longitudinal data analysis and joint modeling of survival and longitudinal data. Read more

Xiangrong Kong

Dr. Kong is a faculty member in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She received her PhD in Biostatistics from Virginia Commonwealth University, and was on faculty in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her statistical methodology research has focused on longitudinal and correlated data analysis, and her current substantive research focuses on two major areas: HIV and common STDs prevention and epidemiology in resource limited settings, and ophthalmology. She also has intense interest in translational epidemiology research to evaluate the population impact of large HIV prevention programs. 

Shelley Liu

Shelley H. Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Biostatistics, Department of Population Health Science and Policy at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She received her Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Harvard University in 2016. Her research interests include Bayesian statistics, environmental epidemiology and children’s health.


Emily Zabor

Emily earned her MS degree in biostatistics from the University of Minnesota in 2010, where her master’s thesis focused on developing a method to incorporate covariates into an adaptive controlled dose escalation design for use in phase I cancer clinical trials. Since graduating she has worked as a research biostatistician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer, where she collaborates with both epidemiologists and clinical researchers in breast and urologic cancers. At the same time, Emily has been working toward a DrPH in biostatistics at Columbia University, where her dissertation research is focused on statistical methods for the study of etiologic heterogeneity. Before becoming a biostatistician, Emily studied anthropology and served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching beekeeping in Ghana.

Hong Zhu

Dr. Hong Zhu is currently an Assistant Professor in Biostatistics in the Department of Clinical Sciences and Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She obtained her PhD degree in Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University in 2010. Dr. Zhu was an Assistant Professor in Biostatistics at the Ohio State University from 2010-2013. 

Dr. Zhu’s methodological research interests include survival analysis, design and analysis of clinical trial, multivariate analysis and casual inference. Her work is inspired by and applied to biomedical and clinical studies.

Dr. Zhu’s collaborative/scientific research interests include, but are not limited to, studies of: cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in clinical trials and large epidemiological cohorts, pharmacogenomics and mental health.