Mi-Ryung Han, Ph.D., M.S.

I obtained my bachelor's degree in Life Sciences from Korea University, and master's degree in Computational Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. While I was studying at the University of Pennsylvania, I had a chance to work on analyzing the newly-available public genome-wide association study dataset from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Soon after I obtained my master's degree, I worked in a clinical research area at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Here, I worked on the analysis of cardiac copy number variant data to identify rare variants within patients who are studied for chromosome 22q11 deletion, and I participated in a project to identify genes associated with neuroblastomas using family-based genome-wide association studies. After working in the genetic epidemiology research area at CHOP, I joined the Vanderbilt Doctoral Program in Epidemiology. My current research focuses on evaluating breast cancer susceptibility loci in the Nashville Breast Health Study under the mentorship of Dr. Jirong Long.

Why Vanderbilt?
While working on different types of patient data, I realized the significance of in-depth analysis of data to extracting essential information that can be used to enhance our public health systems. Then, I found that the Vanderbilt Epidemiology PhD program trains students focusing on quantitative courses which are very important in epidemiology area. Here, all students are involved in their research area of interest at the beginning of the program. The faculty members as well as classmates are very friendly and full of passion, which helps students in accomplishing their goal while they are studying epidemiology.