Our Team

Faculty Investigators

  • Melinda C Aldrich, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Associate Professor
    Department of Medicine, Division of Genetic Medicine
    Associate Professor
    Department of Thoracic Surgery
    Associate Professor
    Department of Biomedical Informatics

    Lung cancer epidemiology and genetic epidemiology in underrepresented populations; risk prediction in lung cancer screening populations; health disparities; precision medicine; admixed populations


  • Stephen Deppen, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    Department of Thoracic Surgery
    Clinical Epidemiologist
    Department of Thoracic Surgery

    Diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of lung cancer; Cancer screening; Health sources research and comparative effectiveness of diagnostic tests


  • Jeffrey Blume, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor
    Department of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University
    Quantitative Foundation Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs
    University of Virginia

    Likelihood methods for measuring statistical evidence / foundations of statistical inference; Methodology for analyzing and interpreting Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves; Design, conduct and analysis of Clinical Trials


  • Kim L Sandler, M.D.

    Associate Professor
    Department of Radiology

    Lung cancer screening and improvements in early detection; Differentiation of benign and malignant pulmonary nodules, particularly in areas of endemic histoplasmosis; CT imaging of coronary anomalies and atherosclerotic coronary disease

Team Members

Former Team Members

  • Heidi Chen, Ph.D.

    Research Assistant Professor
    Department of Biostatistics

    High dimensional data analysis of gene microarray and protein/lipid MALDI-TOF data; Statistical methodology development in high-dimensional data analysis, especially in the area of internal validation of a prediction model

  • Kimberlyn Ellis, B.S.

    Ph.D. Student
    Human Genetics Training Program

    Gene-environment interactions; Psychosocial determinants; Minority health; Health disparities

  • Brittany M Hollister, Ph.D.

    Health Disparities Fellow, NHGRI

    Racial disparities in health; Interactions between the social environment and genetics

  • Megan Hollister Murray, Ph.D.

    Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals

    Machine Learning Methods; Large scale statistical inference; False Discovery Rates: their interpretations and modifications

  • Carissa C Jones, Ph.D.

    Program Specialist for Personalized Medicine
    Sarah Cannon Cancer Center

    Lung cancer; Genetics; Population Admixture

  • Sarah F Mercaldo, Ph.D.

    Instructor of Radiology/Statistics
    Harvard Medical School

    Missing data problems, especially how to handle missing data when applying prediction models; Large scale inference, specifically false discovery rate and empirical null ideas

  • Cato M. Milder, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Radiation Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute

    Long-term health effects following exposure to ionizing radiation; Exposure and confounder identification in retrospective analyses; Cancer predictive modeling

  • Timothy D O'Brien, Ph.D.

    Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center

    Lung cancer; Genetics; Bioinformatics; Functional genomics

  • Christina T Saunders, Ph.D.

    Research Fellow
    Department of Biostatistics

    Mediation analysis: specifically, conducting mediation analysis within a classical regression framework; Understanding the mediation of a set of predictor variables; Interpreting nonlinear mediation

  • Heath Bridges, David Lipscomb University

    Jerod Crockett, David Lipscomb University

    Nancy Liu, Vanderbilt University

    Sreekar Miriyala, Vanderbilt University

    Chandler Montgomery, David Lipscomb University

    Shelbi Sullivan, David Lipscomb University