Director, Biostatistics Program /Senior Research Scientist, Biomed Research
I am a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Biomedical Research and the Director of the Biostatistics Program at Nemours, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics at University of Delaware. My research interests focus on the innovative application of statistical methods to ensure effectiveness in studies involving clinical, epidemiological, and public health research. As the Director of the Program, I lead program activities of the theoretical development and innovative application of statistical methods, and provide statistical direction and technical oversight for projects of interdisciplinary collaboration that require statistical input. Specifically, I Provide expert-level input to research projects of various sizes, scopes, phases and levels of funding, and provide statistical support to clinical researchers in designing clinical trials, pre-clinical, epidemiological, and survey studies; power and sample size calculation; randomization; data management; and data analysis; and in authoring the statistical section in research protocols, manuscripts, abstracts, and presentations. I have broad research collaborations with clinicians of many different disciplines, and I have led several of studies as principal investigator (PI). My own and collaborative work have produced illustrative methodological innovation and explored etiologic pathways and health trends in diverse pediatric populations to improve the health of children affected by a broad range of diseases, disorders, and health conditions. In addition to routine statistical modeling of data, my current research interests include tracking changes in health trajectories (e.g., growth trajectories); identifying refraction of health trajectories; recognizing hidden patterns in longitudinal changes or in correlated variables in complex data; forming classes of distinct patterns; and identifying individual- as well as community-level demographic, clinical and other features responsible for diverse trajectories. In my career as a statistician, I have many years of experience applying statistical methodology in clinical, epidemiological, pharmaceutical, and financial settings. I provide training and education on skills in statistical analysis, study design, as well as for analytical software programs to researchers, medical fellows, and junior biostatisticians at Nemours through classes, seminars, and one-on-one meetings. I also teach graduate and undergraduate statistics courses as an adjunct faculty member of Applied Economics and Statistics at the University of Delaware. I am a lead or co-author for 114 published articles and more than 185 published abstracts and presentations. I am actively involved in scientific, educational, and research activities. My academic training and extensive work experience in statistics, epidemiology, and biometry have prepared me to be an effective research and teaching faculty in relevant fields.
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