|Yasui Biostatistics Research Team|
Noha Sharaf El-Din Erin Kreiter Kai On Wong Jesus Serrano Lomelin Stacey Fisher Jian Yong Atsushi Kawaguchi Linwei Wang Sohaib Mohammad Yibing Ruan
Qi Liu Yan Chen Xuan Wu Conrado Franco-Villalobos Angela Bella
Adeniyi Adewale Irina Dinu Mohamed El Shayeb Md. Shakhawat Hossain Suwen Li Xue Li Isac Lima Wei Liu Anamaria Savu Jennifer Stanger Weiyu Qiu Xiaoming Wang Fei Xu Weihong Hu Shahab Jabbari Arfaee Huiru Dong He Gao Qiaozhi Li Shomoita Alam
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgI received my BSc in Bio-Medical Science (2000) and MSc in Epidemiology (2002) from the University of Guelph in Ontario and my PhD in Public Health Sciences (2009) from the University of Alberta. Before starting my PhD, I worked with the Public Health Agency of Canada investigating antimicrobial drug resistance and antimicrobial drug use. My research interests include infectious disease epidemiology, social determinants of health, and global health. Currently, I am working as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Yasui in the areas of infectious disease epidemiology and epidemiologic methods.
Noha Sharaf El-Din
E-mail: email@example.comI am a physician from Egypt graduated and received my Masters of Science in Public Health from Ain Shams University. My MSc studies were part of an international collaborative research project on Surveillance and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis C in Egypt (PIs Dr. Arnaud Fontanet and Dr. Mostafa Kamal), during which I received training at Institut Pasteur, France and The Erasmus Summer Programme, The Netherlands. In 2007, I enrolled in the PhD programme at the School of Public Health (SPH), University of Alberta, under supervision of Dr. Yutaka Yasui. My main area of research is molecular epidemiology of cancer focusing on gene-environment interactions and genetic pathway analysis. My thesis research is based on data from a large US-NIH-funded study of colorectal cancer (PI Dr. Martha L Slattery, University of Utah). I've also worked on several projects including a project with Alberta Health Services on rectal cancer treatment guidelines adherence (PI Dr. Marcy Winget) and effect of genotype on oral anti-coagulant dose in children (PI Dr. Lesley Mitchell). Teaching is one of my passions, I was appointed as an Assistant Lecturer at Ain Shams University, and as a Teaching Assistant to Epidemiology and Biostatistics introductory courses at SPH. My PhD studies are funded through Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions, Alberta Cancer Foundation, and U of A FGSR Dissertation Award.
Erin received a Bachelors of Science in biology from Trinity Western University in 2008. Currently she is a PhD student in the Department of Public Health Science at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr Yasui. She has been involved in a variety of projects; these included a project with Alberta Health Services investigating hospital variation in colorectal cancer care, as well as statistical analysis for the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS). Her thesis work will focus on genetic epidemiology and pathway analysis. Erin is currently a Queen Elizabeth II scholarship recipient and is also supported through the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Machine Learning (AICML) .
Kai On Wong
Kai Wong received the MSc. in Epidemiology at the UA (supervised by Dr. A. Senthilselvan), focused on the international prevalence of asthma among adults which was supported by a CIHR award, in 2009. Thereafter, he has worked as a project coordinator at the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) for systematic review projects and as the Territorial and chronic disease epidemiologist at the Government of the Northwest Territories' disease registries and surveillance unit (GNWT-DHSS). He received the University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship and started his PhD in Epidemiology in 2012, co-supervised by Dr. Y. Yasui and Dr. F. Davis, with the primary research focuses on the molecular epidemiology in cancer; applied statistics, methodology and modeling in cancer genetics; and applications of epidemiologic research for cancer management.
Jesus Serrano Lomelin
Jesus Serrano is a current PhD student in Epidemiology working under the supervision of Dr. Yutaka Yasui at the Department of Public Health Sciences and Dr. Alvaro Osornio-Vargas at the Department of Paediatrics. Serrano has a bachelor degree in Biology and a Master in Data Mining. He has been working with Dr Osornio’s team in environmental and health issues, particularly in the effects of air pollutants on human health. He is interested in the application of modern statistical and spatial methods in environmental epidemiology.
Stacey Fisher received a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Cell Biology from the University of Alberta in 2012. She is currently a MSc student in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Yutaka Yasui and Dr. Marcy Winget. Her interests include cancer epidemiology and health services research. Her work involves the evaluation of breast cancer health services in Alberta, Canada with respect to the timeliness and appropriateness of breast health care as well as the identification of disparities in the receipt of quality care.
Jian Yong received a BSc. in Statistics from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2012. The following summer after the completion of his degree, he programmed the statistical analysis plan of the study on the effectiveness of the ultrasound surveillance on hepatocellular carcinoma survival. He started his MSc. Epidemiology in 2012. His thesis work will focus on the research methods of rare disease.
Atsushi Kawaguchi graduated Osaka University, Graduate School of Medicine (Japan) in 2003 and subsequently received clinical residency and fellowship training in general Pediatrics, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine from multiple major teaching hospitals in Japan over seven years. Following appointed as a pediatric intensivist and a year of research training in the University of Tokyo, he moved to Canada and completed extra two years clinical fellowship training in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in the University of Alberta in 2013. He is currently a PhD student in epidemiology in School of Public Health. His primary research focus is on health-care system assessment in pediatric population, analysis of causes of mortality, and predictive model building leading to quality improvement in pediatric acute care field.
Linwei Wang is currently a MSc student in Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, and graduate research assistant in Dr. Yasui's team. Her interests include cancer epidemiology, cancer survivorship research, health service research and health inequity research. Her current work involves "Influence of Race/ethnicity, Age, Sex, and Socioeconomic Position on Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Survial", "Exercise and risk of major health outcomes in adults treated for childhood cancer: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) ". She also worked with TB/HIV Research Foundation and published a paper on "Evaluating Auto-MODS assay: a novel tool for tuberculosis diagnosis for use in resource-limited settings" doi:10.1128/JCM.01946-14.
Sohaib has a B.Sc. (Hons) from The University of Toronto where he double majored in Neuroscience & Philosophy. Sohaib is currently an M.Sc. student in Clinical Epidemiology under the supervision of Professor's Yutaka Yasui and Timothy Caulfield. His thesis work involves exploring alternative avenues, such as crowd-sourcing, in order to gain clinical knowledge about rare diseases.
Yibing Ruan is a current MPH student in applied biostatistics at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Yasui. Yibing received Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Calgary in 2010. He's interested in using statistical methods for genomic data analysis and biomarker discovery.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgQi Liu received her MSc degree in Statistics from the University of Alberta in 2005. She is a full-time research assistant working with Yutaka, in the department of Public Health Sciences, University of Alberta. Since she started working in the team on December 1st, 2005, she has worked on many projects, including more than 10 projects on the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS, PI: Les Robison at St. Jude Children's Hospital), analysis on Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS), collaborative work with Dr. Victoria Taylor of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on Cancer prevention and control research in minorities and disadvantaged populations. She is also involved in methodological work on the analysis of microarray data, focusing on the development and comparison of gene set analysis tools.
E-mail: email@example.comYan Chen received her Bachelor degree of Economics in Statistics from Xi’an University of Finance and Economics in 1995 and has worked as a statistician in Shanxi Provincial Bureau of Statistics for eight years. In 2007, she received her Master of Mathematics degree in Biostatistics from University of Waterloo. Now she works as a full-time research assistant with Yutaka in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She works on Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) projects with clinical researchers in Emory University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and other institutions. She also works on proteomic cancer biomarker studies with scientists at Fed Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Ms. Xuan Wu received her MSc degree in Epidemiology from University of Alberta in 2010. She is a full-time research assistant with Dr. Yasui. Her job mainly focuses on assisting Dr. Yasui and his collaborators with grant application, including identifying grant funding sources, conducting literature review, preparing application package, and coordinating with collaborators. She also serves as a primary person for day-to-day operations in Dr. Yasui’s research team and other researchers.
Conrado obtained his BSc. in Engineering Physics from the Tecnologico de Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico) in 2009. Afterwards, he spent 2 years as a research assistant for the Bioinformatics Research Group at the same institution working on image-based biomarkers discovery for breast cancer diagnosis while pursuing an MSc. in Electrical Engineering focused on medical image processing. He received his MSc. in Epidemiology from the University of Alberta in September 2013 working on identification of shared and distinct gene-disease associations among multiple related diseases under the supervision of Dr. Yutaka Yasui. He later worked as an statistical specialist at Cancer Control Alberta - Alberta Health Services for 6 months focusing on generating effective and efficient reports for stakeholders by incorporating their feedback and advanced data retrieval methods. He is now a data analyst focusing on the exploration of SNP-SNP interactions in GWASs as well as providing a wide range of computational support as a junior programmer.
Angela Bella graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts (internship program) in psychology. Angela worked over five years as a Research Assistant in Cancer Control Alberta (formerly Alberta Cancer Board) within Alberta Health Services providing administrative support, research support, grant administration, and data request coordination. In January 2015 Angela started as the Research Coordinator for Dr. Yutaka Yasui's research team.
Adeniyi Adewale (Currently Biometrician at Merck Research Laboratories: Merck & Co, Inc)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgDr. Adewale holds a Bachelor of Technology in Mathematics from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria and a PhD in Statistics from University of Alberta in 2006. He was an AHFMR (Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research) postdoctoral fellow with the Yasui Biostatistics Research Team, School of Public Health, University of Alberta from October 2006 to December 2007. His research interests include the development of biostatistical methods for design and analysis of microarray experiments, issues in robust design and analysis of experiments (in particular, clinical trials). He has interest in collaborating with other scientists bringing to bear his experience in study design and analysis. Dr. Adewale left for Merck Research Laboratories (Merck & Co, Inc) in December 2007 where he works as a Biometrician.
Irina Dinu (Currently Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta)
I am an assistant professor in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. I received a B.Sc. in Mathematics in 1999, from University of Bucharest, Romania, and a Ph.D. in Applied Statistics from University of Alberta. I was an AHFMR Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Yasui in the Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Alberta, from September 2005 to November 2007.
My main research focus is to develop biostatistical tools for analysis of microarray data. The microarray technology measures expression profiles of tens of thousands of genes in a single assay. This new technology has brought not only tremendous promises in clinical and biological sciences, allowing "technology-driven" explorations of disease markers and pathways, that were previously unthinkable, but also data-analytic challenges due to the complexity and high-dimensionality of its data. Here at University of Alberta, our biostatistics research team is collaborating with Dr. Phil Halloran's Laboratory to develop analytical methods for the analysis of organ transplant microarray data ( http://transplants.med.ualberta.ca ).
I enjoy collaborating with scientists at the Glenrose Hospital in the area of Outcomes / Health Services Research. Other collaborative projects include Late Effects of Childhood Cancer and its Therapy (The Childhood Cancer Survivor Study http://www.cancer.umn.edu/ltfu).
Mohamed El Shayeb (Currently research assistant for Dr. Menon)
I'm a medical doctor, graduated from Ain Shams University Medical School, Cairo, Egypt in 1997. I worked in clinical practice as a primary care physician for over 3 years. My readings on primary patient care in different clinical scenarios fueled my passion for research, so I moved to work for the pharmaceutical industry in the field of clinical research. My career snowballed from clinical research associate to the medical department's medical manager responsible for the operational, quality, and safety reporting of clinical trials protocols on local and regional levels. I moved to Canada in 2007, joined Dr. Yasui's research team and pursued my degree in clinical epidemiology from the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. My thesis projects focused on health services research to optimize clinical care for colon cancer patients in Alberta under supervision of Dr. Marcy Winget . My current interests circle around appraising health technologies and health policy, as well as the importance of social and cultural values in policy analysis and decision making processes. I'm currently working as a research associate with Dr. Devidas Menon at the Health Technology and Policy Unit, University of Alberta.
Md. Shakhawat Hossain
E-mail: email@example.comDr. Md. Shakhawat Hossain received his Masters in Statistics from the University of Alberta in 2001 and Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Windsor in 2008. He worked as a Statistician in Population Health Research Unit, Dalhousie University. He is now a Postdoctoral fellow jointly working with Dr. Marcy Winget, Alberta Cancer Board and Prof. Yutaka, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Alberta. His research interests include statistical model selection, shrinkage and LASSO methods, survival analysis, biostatistical methods to population health research and cancer outcomes research related to patient care trajectories.
Suwen Li (Currently Statistical Programmer/Analyst at Cangene)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgIn 2005, Suwen graduated with Honors with BA in Actuarial Science from Concordia University . He received Master of Science degree in Biostatistics from University of Toronto in 2006. He is a certified advanced SAS programmer. He worked with Dr. Yasui from August 2006 to August 2007 as a full-time research assistant. He is now working in a CRO company in Toronto.
Xue Li started her MPH program (course-based) in Applied Biostatistics at University of Alberta in September 2007. She received her BA Degree in China and finished a graduate program in Applied Sociology at Peking University in 2004. Xue conducted a field practicum at the Alberta Cancer Board with Dr. Marcy Winget in the summer of 2008 and worked part time with her and Dr. Yasui on a health-services-research project of evaluating timeliness and consistency to the guidelines of cancer care. After graduation in April 2009, Xue is now working at Alberta Health Services (formerly Alberta Cancer Board).
Isac Lima (Currently Senior Analyst in the Canadian Institute for Health Information - CIHI)
Isac obtained his BSc degree in Statistics from University of Brasilia, Brazil, in 2005. In July 2010, he completed his MSc in Epidemiology at the University of Alberta. Over the period he was a graduate student, Isac also worked as a part-time Research Assistant in the Yasui Biostatistics Research Team with his supervisor, Dr. Yasui. He worked on different projects and collaborated with researchers in Canada and USA. He worked on statistical analyses for the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) and on two projects with Alberta Health Services and Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Machine Learning (AICML) on colorectal cancer care. His thesis work focused on timing of adjuvant treatment on the survival rates of stage III colon cancer and stage II/III rectal cancer patients in Alberta surgically treated between 2000 and 2005, which led to two research manucripts. His research interest is focused on applications of biostatistical and epidemiological methods to cancer research, survival analysis, health services analysis, health indicators, and public health sciences.
Wei Liu (Currently Statistical Programmer/Analyst Canadian Vigour Center)
Wei Liu completed his MSc in Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health Sciences in August 2011. He received his BSc in Engineering from Dalian Maritime University in 2005 and MSc of Management Engineering in Wuhan University in 2008. During his study in Dr. Yasui's group, Wei's main research was to develop and apply statistical and other mathematical methods to high-dimensional health/biological data analysis problems, such as Gene Set Analysis of microarray-based gene expression data. He was supported for his Research Assistantship work through Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Machine Learning (AICML). He is now working in Canada Vigour Center (CVC) in University of Alberta.
Anamaria Savu (Currently biostatistician at the Canadian Vigour Center)
Dr. Savu is currently a biostatistician with the Canadian Vigour Center at the University of Alberta. Her current work involves analyzing data on cardiovascular disease like heart failure and myocardial infraction. Previously she was a AI-HS postdoctoral fellow with Yasui’s Biostatistic Research Team (2007 - 2011), a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen’s University (2004 - 2005). In 2004, she was awarded a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Toronto for a thesis in stochastic interacting particle systems.
Jennifer Stanger completed her MSc in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Alberta in June 2009. Her thesis work analysed prognostic factors, including clinical variables and DNA microarray data, in esophageal cancer. Jenn completed her Masters degree as part of the Clinical Investigator Program, a fellowship program with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Since completing her masters she has returned to clinical work and is currently completing her residency in General Surgery at the University of Calgary. In the future she is hoping to specialize in surgical oncology.
Weiyu Qiu (Currently a Statistical Analyst at ACHORD)
Weiyu Qiu completed her MSc degree in Epidemiology in 2011 with her thesis Spatio-Temporal Prediction Modeling of Clusters of Influenza Cases, collaborated with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and funded by Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Machine Learning (AICML). During her program, she was a multiple awards winner of the Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (Studentship), the 2010 Dr. John Waters Memorial Graduate Scholarship, the 2011 Statistical Society of Canada Student Travel Award , and the 2011 J Gordin Kaplan Graduate Student Award. Weiyu is now working as a full-time statistical analyst at Alliance for Canadian Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes (ACHORD). Her main duty includes performing statistical analyses on diabetes related pharmaceutical and medical research and providing statistical expertise to graduate students in her group as needed.
E-mail: email@example.comI am a research associate working with Dr. Yasui and his research team in the Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Alberta. My research interests including high-dimensional statistical modeling and machine learning methodology as well as application research for bioinformatics and epidemiology related problems, particularly high-dimensional microarray analysis and significant test of gene set. I hold a Ph.D. in Probability and Statistics from the University of Science and Technology of China (Hefei, China) and a M. Sc. in mathematics from Anhui University (Hefei, China). Now, I am also a visiting scholar from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (Shanghai, China).
Fei Xu (Currently is a statistical analyst at National Team of Regional Health Survey)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgFei Xu started her MSc program in Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health Sciences in September 2008 and worked as a part-time Research Assistant for Yutaka. She has been conducting a project that examines the association of diet with colon cancer mortality risk in Japanese. With this project, she received the Best Master’s Student Poster Award at the School of Public Health’s INSIGHT Symposium 2008. For her thesis project, she conducted a study entitled, “Dissemination of Educational Intervention for Cervical Cancer in Chinese Women in Edmonton”, in collaboration with Dr. Vicky Taylor at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Taylor developed an effective intervention program for Chinese immigrants in Vancouver and Seattle, and we are trying to study our dissemination efforts of this intervention in Edmonton. For this health services research proposal, she received scholarship from the West Region Training Center, 2009. She is also a recipient of two other awards: PHS Travelling Awards from School of Public Health and Student Funding for Workshop held by Health Canada. Fei is interested in applying biostatistics theories and methods to public health-related issues and working as a biostatistician/epidemiologist. She also holds a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics from Nagoya University, Japan, and a bachelor degree of Engineering Mathematics from Hefei University of Technology, China.
Weihong is an MSc student in Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences since 2009. She received her Bachelor degree in Sociology from Nankai University, China. Her research interests include applying statistical and epidemiological methods into health research. Her thesis work particularly focuses on health services and outcome studies on colorectal cancer, with Dr Marcy Winget in Alberta Health Services. Weihong is a recipient of CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship and is supported by the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Machine Learning (AICML) .
Shahab Jabbari Arfaee
Shahab Jabbari completed a masters degree in computing science at the university of Alberta in September 2010. You can check his webpage here. He joined Yutaka's research group in July 2011. He is interested in statistically analysing large amount of medical data by dividing the task to smaller subtasks.
Huiru Dong received her BSc degree in Biostatistics from Southern Medical University, China, in 2011. In September 2013, she completed her MSc degree in Epidemiology at University of Alberta with her thesis "Cumulative Total Incidence for Estimating the Burden of Recurrent Events and Risk vs. Rate Concepts and Regression Models in Epidemiology", funded by Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Machine Learning. Her main research interest during MSc program was survival analysis, using data from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS). As a part-time research assistant with Dr. Yasui, she also worked on spatio-temporal prediction modelling of influenza-like illness in Edmonton, collaborated with Alberta Health Services (AHS). Huiru is now working as a full-time statistician in Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI) at BRITISH COLUMBIA CENTRE for EXCELLENCE in HIV/AIDS. Her duty includes performing statistical analyses to help identify and understand the factors that affect the health of urban populations. Her work mainly focuses on three ongoing cohort studies: The Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study (VIDUS), the AIDS Care Cohort to Evaluate Access to Survival Services (ACCESS) study and the At-Risk Youth Study (ARYS).
E-mail: email@example.comHe Gao received a Bachelor of Science (Hon.) in Statistics from Memorial University in 2007 and a Master of Science in statistics from the University of Calgary in 2009. In 2014, he graduated with a Master of Science in epidemiology under the supervision of Prof. Yutaka Yasui. He's currently working as a statistical analyst at the Injury Prevention Centre, School of Public Health, University of Alberta.
Qiaozhi holds a PhD in Remote Sensing from Beijing Normal University, China. She received her MSc degree in Epidemiology in September 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Yutaka Yasui. During her MSc study, she worked on a collaborative research project with TB/HIV Research Foundation, Chiang Rai, Thailand, focusing on developing image analysis methods and applying statistical methods for tuberculosis detection. She also worked on an E. colli host-specificity study in collaboration with Dr. Norman Neumann, a study on the effect of mother's BPA exposure to fetal growth in collaboration with Dr. Igor Burstyn and one project on the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS). She currently works as a research coordinator in Dr. Nicholas Ashbolt's research team. Her work supports the team on Quantitative Microbial Risk Analysis (QMRA) with her strength in statistics and computer science.
Shomoita Alam received Bachelor of Science (Honors) and Master of Science degree in Applied Statistics from Institute of Statistical Research and Training, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. After that she worked as a Statistical Research Fellow at Centre for Communicable Diseases in the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). In December 2014, she completed her MSc degree in Epidemiology at University of Alberta with her thesis entitled "Exploration of SNP-set Interactions in Genome-Wide Association Studies", funded by Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning (AICML). Currently she is working as a full-time Data Analyst for Dr. Carole Estabrooks in Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC 2.0), Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. Her major job responsibility is to provide statistical support to the TREC Management System (TMS), a longitudinal observational study of nursing homes using data from cross sectional surveys and resident RAI-MDS 2.0 data.