Primary and Secondary Faculty

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  • Gustavo Amorim

    Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Statistics, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Research interests include: developing novel statistical methods for problems arising in public health studies; developing semiparametric models that are flexible and robust to model misspecification; two-phase designs; measurement-error problems; ordinal data analysis

  • Amir Asiaee

    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Computer Science, University of Minnesota

    Research interests include: bioinformatics, causal inference, cancer genomics, computational biology, data science, high-dimensional statistics, machine learning

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  • Dan Ayers

    Senior Associate in Biostatistics

    MS, Applied Statistics, Louisiana State University

    Research interests include: statistical evidence, effective statistical collaboration, clinical trial methodology

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  • Lynne Berry

    Vice Chair of Informatics & Collaborative Programs, Department of Biostatistics
    Deputy Director, Center for Quantitative Sciences
    Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Cell Biology, Vanderbilt University

    Responsibilities include: working with the software development team at the Center for Quantitative Sciences, overseeing and directing individual projects as well as the entire group.


  • Daniel W. Byrne

    Director of Artificial Intelligence Research, AVAIL (Advanced Vanderbilt Artificial Intelligence Laboratory)
    Senior Associate in Biostatistics, Biomedical Informatics, and Medicine
    Project Leader, Cornelius

    MS, Biostatistics, New York Medical College

    Research interests include: artificial intelligence in medicine, machine learning, pragmatic adaptive randomized controlled trials, studies using electronic health records for precision medicine, development of accurate real-time risk prediction models, evaluation of predictive models’ impact on patient outcomes, teaching physician-scientists, medical writing 

    Selected honors: Academy for Excellence in Education (2010), MSCI Teaching awards (2003, 2004, 2017), numerous book awards (1998), C. Everett Koop National Health Award (2008), AAMC Innovation Award (2012), Vanderbilt Team Award (2017) 

    Books: Publishing Your Medical Research (2nd edition, 2017) and Artificial Intelligence for Improved Patient Outcomes (2022) 

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  • Heidi Chen

    Research Associate Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Biomathematics, North Carolina State University

    Research interests include: survival analysis, mixed model and longitudinal data analysis, two-stage adaptive design for phase II clinical trials, model/process validation for high-dimensional data

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  • Qingxia (Cindy) Chen

    Vice Chair of Education
    Department of Biostatistics
    Director, Biostatistics Post-Graduate Studies and Distance Learning
    Director, Executive Masters in Health Data Science
    Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Biomedical Informatics, and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

    PhD, Biostatistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Research interests include: missing data, survival analysis (especially time-varying effect and treatment switching), Bayesian methods in big data, penalized approach for 1<n/p<10, developing statistical methods for using electronic health records (EHRs) and genetics information in precision medicine, cancer, ophthalmology, infection disease, cardiovascular diseases, suicide

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  • Sheau-Chiann Chen

    Research Assistant Professor

    PhD, Biostatistics, National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan)

    Research interests include: Methodology development in phase I clinical trials, pattern recognition and robust estimation; statistics with applications in clinical trials, industrial statistics, cancer biology

  • Leena Choi

    Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Biostatistics
    Professor of Biostatistics and Biomedical Informatics

    PhD, Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University

    Research interests include: constructing a system for pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenomics studies using electronic health records (EHRs), which would provide the foundation for dose-optimization support system for precision medicine; developing medication dosing extraction algorithms from EHRs, which would also benefit medication-related studies in pharmacoepidemiology

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  • Mario Davidson

    Director for Classroom Peer Reviews, Educator Development Program (EDP)
    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, statistics/mathematics education, The Ohio State University

    Research interests include: medical education assessment; research and statistical collaboration; questionnaire design; regression modeling; statistical consulting; statistics and mathematics education; mixed methodology; the statistics and mathematics achievement gap

    Honors include: 2022 Geoffrey David Chazen Award for Innovation in Medical Education; Academy for Excellence in Education (elected 2015)

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  • Liping Du

    Assistant in Biostatistics

    PhD, chemical engineering, Vanderbilt University

    Responsibilities include: collaborating with basic science and clinical research scientists in different fields, focusing on writing statistical analysis plan for grant applications and helping them with experimental designs, analyzing statistical data, interpreting results, and preparing manuscripts. Du also works on clinical trial reporting at for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), performs data analysis for epidemiology studies and high-dimensional proteomic/genomic/metabolomics research, and collaborates with Peabody at Vanderbilt on education-related statistical data analysis.

  • William D. Dupont

    Director of Mentoring, Department of Biostatistics
    Director, Nashville Breast Cohort Study
    Professor of Biostatistics, Preventive Medicine, and Health Policy

    PhD, biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University

    Research interests include: epidemiology, breast disease, cancer, genetics, hormonal replacement therapy, screening, power and sample calculations, data management, data quality assurance, clinical trials, stopping rules, foundations of statistical inference, likelihood methods

    Selected honors: Fellow, American Statistical Association (elected 2009); Ernest W. Goodpasture Award for Groundbreaking Research, 2003; Academy for Excellence in Education (elected 2021)

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  • Svetlana Eden

    Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, biostatistics, Vanderbilt University

    Research interests include: developing semi- and nonparametric methods of estimating correlation in survival data; causal inference methods (specifically Mendelian Randomization analysis); risk factors in veterans; survival analysis; rank association measures; Bayesian modeling 

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  • Irene Feurer

    Director of Quantitative Services, Vanderbilt Transplant Center
    Research Professor of Surgery and Biostatistics

    PhD, Education, University of Pennsylvania

  • PhD, Quantitative Ecology, University of Georgia

    Research interests include: computational statistics, hierarchical modeling, Bayesian statistics, meta-analysis, epidemiology, decision analysis and adaptive decision-making, machine learning, statistical software, sabermetrics



  • Benjamin French

    Associate Professor of Biostatistics
    Biostatistics Graduate Program

    PhD, biostatistics, University of Washington

    Research interests include: statistical analysis methods for longitudinal and survival data, with scientific focus on estimation of exposure-outcome associations or evaluation of prediction accuracy; cardiovascular disease; cancer epidemiology; health economics

  • Shawn Garbett

    Director, Informatics Software Development
    Assistant in Biostatistics

    MS, statistics, Pennsylvania State University

    Research interests include: applying computational and numerical skills to modeling complex data, Rational Integration of Genomic Healthcare Testing (RIGHT), reproducible manuscripts

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  • Cheryl L. Gatto

    Associate Director at Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR)
    Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Biomedical Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School

    PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute

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  • Tebeb Gebretsadik

    Senior Associate in Biostatistics

    MPH, University of California, Berkeley

    Research interests include: clinical asthma research (adult and pediatric), infectious disease/global health, rheumatology/immunology, statistical methods in epidemiology, predictive modeling, analysis of electronic health records, multidimensional data, observational studies, causal inference studies, maternal and environmental influences on pediatric respiratory health, teaching biostatistics, clinical pharmacology, HIV and AIDS, cancer, clinical trials, diabetes

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  • Robert Greevy

    Director, Health Services Research Biostatistics
    Associate Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Statistics, University of Pennsylvania

    Research interests include: restricted randomization methods and sample size adaptive randomization for clinical trials, inverse probability weighted and doubly robust estimators, sensitivity analyses for unmeasured confounding, foundational tools for better statistical inference, comparative effectiveness of anti-hyperglycemic medications in an EHR derived cohort of 400 thousand veterans with type 2 diabetes, effects of acute kidney injury in an EHR derived cohort of 17 million veterans, randomized controlled trials for smoking cessation and for diabetes management

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  • Amber J. Hackstadt

    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Statistics, Colorado State University

    Research interests include: health service research, public health research, diabetes, environmental biostatistics, causal inference, Bayesian inference, regression splines, semi parametric estimation

    Honors and service include: Data safety and monitoring board member, Preliminary Investigation of optimaL Oxygen Targets (PILOT) trial; graduate program and staff promotions committees (chair); useR!2022 organizing committee

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  • Frank E. Harrell, Jr.

    Professor of Biostatistics
    Associate Director, VICTR Research Methods Program
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Co-Director, Study Design Core, Trial Innovation Center
    Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

    PhD, Biostatistics, University of North Carolina

    Research interests include: development of accurate prognostic and diagnostic models, model validation, clinical trials, observational clinical research, cardiovascular research, technology evaluation, pharmaceutical safety, Bayesian methods, quantifying predictive accuracy, missing data imputation, statistical graphics and reporting

    Honors and service include: Founding department chair, 2003–2017; fellow, American Statistical Association (ASA; elected 2005); associate editor, Statistics in Medicine; W. J. Dixon for Excellence in Statistical Computing (ASA, 2014); senior biostatistics advisor, Office of the Center Director, FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER, 2022–present); expert statistical advisor, Office of Biostatistics, CDER (2016–2020); scientific advisory board member, Science Translational Medicine; policy advisory board member, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology

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  • Paul Harris

    Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Biomedical Engineering, and Biostatistics
    Director, VUMC Office of Research Informatics

    PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University

    Creator of REDCap, ResearchMatch, and other investigative tools.

    Honors include: FACMI and FAHSI

  • Li-Ching Huang

    Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Statistics, National Cheng Kung University

  • Shi Huang

    Assistant in Biostatistics

    PhD, Epidemiology, University of Miami

    Research interests include: latent variable modeling, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), structural equation modeling (SEM), mediation analysis, application of advanced statistical methodology for prevention research on substance use and HIV risk behavior.

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  • Robert (Bob) E. Johnson

    Associate Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Biostatistics, University of North Carolina

    Responsibilities include: teaching; serving on graduate student committees; ASA Mid-Tennessee Chapter secretary


  • Hakmook Kang

    Associate Professor of Biostatistics
    Director, IDDRC Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core
    Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

    PhD, Biostatistics, Brown University

    Research interests include: spatio-temporal modeling; multiple testing problems and their applications to imaging data; multi-modal imaging data analysis (e.g., fMRI and DTI)

    Honors include: Jacek Hawiger Award for Excellence in Teaching Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in the Classroom, Lecture, or Small Group Setting (2022); election to the Academy for Excellence in Education (2022); Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching (2020 and 2016); Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences High Impact Research Award (2016)

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  • Tatsuki Koyama

    Associate Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Statistics, University of Pittsburgh

    Research interests include: group sequential methods; two-stage adaptive procedures (phase II / phase III); noninferiority / superiority / equivalence trials; statistics in basic science; statistical graphics; p value, confidence interval, unbiased estimate from a Simon's two-stage procedure

    Honors and service include: Patrick G. Arbogast Collaborative Publication Awards (2014 and 2017); treasurer, American Statistical Association, Middle Tennessee Chapter

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  • Christopher John Lindsell

    Professor of Biostatistics and Biomedical Informatics
    Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) Methods Program
    Co-director, Vanderbilt Health Data Science (HEADS) Center
    Associate Director, Center for Clinical Quality and Improvement Research

    Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) president, 2020 - 2021

    PhD, Epidemiology, University of Southampton


  • Dandan Liu

    Associate Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Biostatistics, University of Michigan

    Research interests include: biomarker evaluation, event history data analysis with application to cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, risk prediction modeling, electronic health records 

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  • Qi Liu

    Associate Professor of Biostatistics
    Technical Director, VANGARD
    Director, CQS Omics Coordinating Center

    PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    Research interests include: omics, single-cell transcriptomics, single-cell multimomics integration, genomics, epigenomics, transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation, enhancer-mediated regulation

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  • Jinyuan Liu

    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, biostatistics, University of California, San Diego

    Research interests include: behavior sciences, psychiatry, psychology, causal inference, and longitudinal data analysis

  • Bradley Malin

    Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics & Computer Science
    Vice Chair for Research Affairs, Department of Biomedical Informatics
    Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biomedical Ethics & Society
    Director, Health Information Privacy Laboratory
    Co-director, PhD Program in Big Biomedical Data Science
    Co-director, Center for Genetic Privacy & Identity in Community Settings
    Co-director, Health Data Science Center

    PhD, Societal Computing, Carnegie Mellon University


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  • Michael E. Matheny

    Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Medicine, and Biostatistics
    Director, Center for Improving the Public's Health through Informatics (CIPHI)
    Associate Director, Advanced Fellowship in Medical Informatics
    VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

    MD, University of Kentucky • MPH, Harvard University

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    Honors include: Fellow, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA, 2022)

  • Hui Nian

    Assistant in Biostatistics and Orthopaedic Surgery

    PhD, Biochemistry, Oregon State University

    Research interests include: causal inference for multilevel treatments, Bayesian adaptive design for clinical trials, provider profiling

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  • Rameela Raman

    Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Health Policy, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Nursing

    PhD, Biostatistics, State University of New York, Buffalo

    Research interests include: health disparities, geocoding, critical care, child welfare, influenza, statistical education

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  • Peter F. Rebeiro

    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases & Epidemiology
    Director of Graduate Studies, Epidemiology PhD Program
    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Epidemiology (Methods), Johns Hopkins University • MHS, Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University

    Winner of the 2021 Division of Epidemiology Teaching Award


  • Lauren R. Samuels

    Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics


    PhD, Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University

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    Research interests include: observational studies, health services, Type 2 Diabetes/Kidney Disease

    Collaborations include: Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research, Vanderbilt Department of Health Policy, PCORI

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  • Jonathan S. Schildcrout

    Vice Chair for Research, Department of Biostatistics
    Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Biostatistics, University of Washington

    Research interests include: longitudinal data studies, epidemiological study designs, health services research, diabetes and obesity prevention interventions, pharamcogenetics, resource preserving genetic testing programs for indvidualized medicine, epidemiology, predictive modeling and evaluation of predictive models, topics in pain and anesthesiology research

    Honors include: Fellow, American Statistical Association (elected 2019); Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2015 and 2018; Methods Publication Award, 2016 

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  • Quanhu "Tiger" Sheng

    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Bioinformatics, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences

    Research interests include: next generation sequencing data analysis (especially for RNAseq, DNAseq and miRNAseq data); bioinformatics in proteomics, glycomics and metabolimics (including algorithm development, data analysis and software implementation).

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  • Bryan E. Shepherd

    Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs, Department of Biostatistics
    Professor of Biostatistics and Biomedical Informatics

    PhD, Biostatistics, University of Washington

    Research interests include: causal inference, observational data analysis, ordinal data analysis, applications in HIV and other infectious diseases, measurement error, global health

    Affiliate appointments include: Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health; Vanderbilt Tuberculosis Center; Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Biomedical Informatics

    Honors and service include: Fellow, American Statistical Association (elected 2018); associate editor, American Journal of Epidemiology (since 2016); associate editor, Biometrics (since 2018); director of the Data Science Core of TN-CFAR (since 2015)

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  • Matt Shotwell

    Associate Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Biostatistics, Medical University of South Carolina

    Collaborations include: topics in anesthesiology, geriatrics and quality aging, drug repurposing

    Research interests include: optimal design and statistical treatment of biomedical experiments

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  • Yu Shyr

    Chair, Department of Biostatistics
    Harold L. Moses Chair in Cancer Research
    Director, Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences (CQS)
    Director, Vanderbilt Technologies for Advanced Genomics Analysis and Research Design (VANGARD)
    Professor of Biostatistics, Biomedical Informatics, and Health Policy

    PhD, Biostatistics, University of Michigan

    Research interests include: statistical and bioinformatic methodology, next-generation sequencing data, adaptive clinical trials, longitudinal binary data; cancer biology, epidemiology, genetics, and bioinformatics; proteomics; survival analysis; teaching biostatistics

    Honors and service include: Fellow, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR; elected 2022); Fellow, American Statistical Association (ASA; elected 2010); fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; elected 2016); associate editor for statistics, JAMA Oncology (since 2015); honorary doctorate, National Cheng Kung University (2018)

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  • James Christopher (Chris) Slaughter

    Associate Professor of Biostatistics

    DrPH, Biostatistics, University of North Carolina

    Research interests include: longitudinal data analysis for observational studies, latent variable methods, Bayesian statistics, reproductive health applications

    Areas of collaboration include: gastroenterology, pediatrics, neonatology

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  • Derek K. Smith

    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    DDS, Indiana University; PhD, Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University; MPH, Dental Public Health, A. T. Still University of Health Sciences

    Research interests include: long-term oral side-effects of cancer therapy; models of care for oral health across the cancer care trajectory; novel methods for assessing risk and predicting the likely course of survivorship-related outcomes

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  • Andrew Spieker

    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Biostatistics, University of Washington

    Research interests include: causal inference, diagnostic tests and accuracy, health policy, longitudinal data analysis, nonparametric statistics, sensitivity analyses, teaching biostatistics

    Awards and service include: Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching (2021); Outstanding Faculty Mentor (2020)

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  • Vikram Tiwari

    Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics, and Management
    Senior Director, Surgical Business Analytics

    PhD, Operations Management and Decision Sciences, Indiana University

  • Andrew Tomarken

    Professor of Psychology Emeritus

    PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin

  • Simon Vandekar

    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania

    Research interests include: psychiatry, psychology, neuroimaging, ecology

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  • Jing Wang

    Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Bioinformatics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • Pingsheng Wu

    Research Professor of Medicine

    PhD, Crop Science, University of Kentucky • MS, Statistics, University of Kentucky

  • Yaomin Xu

    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
    PI, Translational Bioinformatics & Biostatistics Lab

    PhD, Statistics, Case Western Reserve University

    Research interests include: translating big biomedical genomic data (e.g., BioVU, TCGA, UKBiobank) into precision medicine discoveries

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  • Fei Ye

    Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Medicine

    PhD, Biostatistics, University of South Carolina

    Research interests include: multi-omics data analysis and biomarker discovery; clinical trial design; cancer research; prediction model development and validation

    Honors and service include: Assistant editor for statistics, JAMA Oncology; president, Mid-Tennessee chapter, American Statistical Association

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  • Shilin Zhao

    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

    PhD, Bioinformatics, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences

    Research interests include: developing tools with statistical methods to solve problems in next generation sequencing data analysis; high-dimensional data; transcriptomics; genomics; proteomics data analysis and integration


    Co-investigator, Translational Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Lab

  • Yuwei Zhu

    Senior Associate in Biostatistics

    MD, Shanghai Medical University; MS, Biometry, University of Texas Health Science Center

    Research interests include: influenza vaccine effectiveness, disease burden analysis, studies with EHR-based prognostic decision support

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