Student Publications in 2019

The year 2019 was a very productive year for the students in the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Biostatistics. Students in the program were either the first author or co-author of eight peer-reviewed publications that were either published or formally accepted in 2019. The complete list of publications is below (student name bolded):

Burgoon, M. L., Albani, T., Keller-Hamilton, B., Lu, B., Roberts, M. E., Craigmile, P. F., Browning, C., Xi, W., and Ferketich, A. K. Exposures to the tobacco retail environment among adolescent boys in urban and rural environments. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 45(2):217–226.

Hade E., Nattino G., Frey H. and Lu B. Propensity Score Matching for Treatment Delay Effects with Observational Survival Data. Statistical Methods in Medical Research. Formally accepted.

Nattino, G., Pennell, M.L., and Lemeshow, S. Assessing the Goodness of Fit of Logistic Regression Models in Large Samples: A Modification of the Hosmer-Lemeshow Test. Biometrics. Formally accepted.

Roberts, M. E., Keller-Hamilton, B., Hinton, A., Browning, C. R., Slater, M. D., Xi, W., and Ferketich, A. K. (2019). The magnitude and impact of tobacco marketing exposure in adolescents’ day-to-day lives: An ecological momentary assessment (EMA) study. Addictive Behaviors, 88:144–149.

Sweet, L., Brasky, T. M., Cooper, S., Doogan, N., Hinton, A., Klein, E. G., Nagaraja, H., Quisenberry, A., Xi, W., and Wewers, M. E. (2019). Quitting behaviors among dual cigarette and e-cigarette users and cigarette smokers enrolled in the tobacco user adult cohort. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 21(3):278–284.

Wu, H., Jay, L., Masias, C., Lin, S., Han, C., Yang, S., and Cataland, S.R. Interrelationship Between ADAMTS13 Activity, Von Willebrand Factor, and Complement Activation in Remission from Immune-Mediated TTP. British Journal of Haematology. Formally accepted.

Xi, W., Calder, C. A., and Browning, C. R. (Accepted) Beyond activity space: Detecting communities in ecological networks. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. Formally accepted.

Zhang Y. and Lu B. Accounting for Matching Structure in Post-Matching Analysis of Observational Studies. Communication in Statistics—Simulation and Computation. Formally accepted.

Gao Wins Award from American Statistical Association

Yuan GaoBiostatistics PhD student Yuan Gao won an American Statistical Association Section in Genomics and Genetics Student Paper Award for her paper “A phylogenetic approach to inferring the order in which mutations arise during cancer progression.” Yuan will be presented with her award at the 2020 Joint Statistical Meetings, August 1-6 in Philadelphia, PA. Congrats to Yuan!


Zhang Earns Third Place at Poster Competition

Yuyang ZhangDecember 3, 2019 - PhD student Yuyang Zhang placed third out of 42 entries in the graduate student poster competition at The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Annual Scientific Meeting. Her poster, which highlighted her research with advisor Dr. Bo Lu, was entitled “Learning Heterogeneous Treatment Effects via Matching Tree.” Congratulations Yuyang!


2019 Statistics and Biostatistics Graduate Student Poster Session

students at 2019 Statistics and Biostatistics Graduate Student Poster Session

The Division of Biostatistics along with the Department of Statistics held their annual poster session on September 12, 2019. The event was an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their research to classmates and faculty and to receive valuable feedback. The following Biostatistics PhD students presented during the event:

Yuan Gao, “Inferring Mutation Order During Cancer Progression”

Xiaohan Guo, “Amplitude-phase Separation of Trace-variogram and its Applications in Spatial Functional Data”

Woobeen Lim, “Bayesian Semiparametric Joint Modeling of Longitudinal Predictors and a Binary Outcome”

Xiao Zang, “K-means Clustering of Posterior Sample Functions with Alignment”

PhD Students to present at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings

The following Biostatistics PhD students presented at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings, July 28-August 1 in Denver, CO.

  • Wenna Xi, “Overlapping Activity Patterns and Community Detection in Ecological Networks”
  • Han Fu, “High Dimensional Controlled Variable Selection for Ordinal Outcomes”
  • Woobeen Lim, “Bayesian Semiparametric Joint Modeling of Longitudinal Predictors and a Binary Outcome”
  • Yuyang Zhang, “Matching Design-Based Subpopulation Effect Estimation in Observational Studies”
  • Giovanni Nattino, “Triplet Matching for Estimation of Causal Effects with Three Arms and Extensions”
  • Jing Peng, “Estimation of Speciation Times Under the Multispecies Coalescent” and “Inferring Tumor Phylogenies Using Single-Cell Sequencing Data”

Eli LIlly Recruitment and Collaboration Visit

Brian Millen and Oksana Chkrebtii Discuss Research Over Cake

On September 29, 2016, Eli Lilly Statistician and Senior Research Advisor Brian Millen visited Ohio State University. He took time to get to know the students and faculty of the Statistics and Biostatistics graduate programs. Since Eli Lilly's headquarters is just a few hours down the road in Indianapolis, we look forward to developing collaborations and look forward to welcoming him back to Ohio State soon.

2016 Statistics and Biostatistics Graduate Student Poster Session

 Yihan Sui discusses her work with Lo-Bin Chang

Students and faculty alike enjoyed the 2016 annual Statistics and Biostatistics Graduate Student Poster Session, held in the Cunz Hall atrium on September 15. Two of the eight posters were presented by Biostatistics PhD students:

  • Ranran Dong on "Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomized Controlled Trials With Two Layers Of Clustering: Designs And Comparisons Of Power"
  • Yihan Sui on "Modeling Disease Incidence by Using Spatial Temporal Multivariate Poisson Model."

During the session, senior graduate students discussed their research work with graduate students and faculty across the Statistics and Biostatistics programs while enjoying some light refreshments. In addition to learning about the new biostatistical work, the event was a wonderful chance to catch up with friends and colleagues and meet new students at the start of the new academic year.

Congratulations Ranran and Yihan!

PhD Students present at the 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings

Brittney Bailey with Darius McDaniel, Michael Thomas, and Jemar Bather at JSM

In early August, many of the Biostatistics PhD students traveled to Chicago to attend sessions explaining cutting-edge biostatistical developments, explore employment opportunities and meet colleagues and friends at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). Ohio State student Brittney Bailey was even featured on the JSM website front page!  The photo (linked above) shows her strengthening her network at the Student Mixer. Four Ohio State Biostatistics PhD students presented their work over the course of the five-day event:

  • Brittney Bailey, joint with A. Shoben: "Analyzing Binary Outcome Data from a Partially Clustered Design"
  • Mark Burch: "Law of Large Numbers for Generalized Network-Based SIR Models"
  • Ranran Dong, joint with A. Shoben: "Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomized Controlled Trials with Two Layers of Clustering: Designs and Comparisons of Power"
  • Rong Lu, joint with G. Rempala: "Sobol Sensitivity Indices Under Generalized Linear Models"

Congratulations Brittney, Mark, Ranran, and Rong!

Brittney Bailey Wins the 2015-2016 Lester R. Curtin Award

Brittney Bailey Headshot

Congratulations to Brittney, who was awarded the Lester R. Curtin award, "established to help promising young health statisticians get the skills and training they need to make significant contributions in their area of study" (ASA website). Brittney traveled to the Conference on Statistical Practice in February to receive her award. She is the second Ohio State Biostatistics student to receive this award in the last three years. Again, congratulations Brittney!

2015 Statistics and Biostatistics Graduate Student Poster Session

The Division of Biostatistics along with the Department of Statistics held their annual poster session on September 24, 2015. The event provided an opportunity for guests to view student work and ask questions. More photos from the event are posted in this slideshow.

Alumnus Robert Ashmead Featured in the College of Public Health News

A rising star has emerged from the College of Public Health, Division of Biostatistics. Robert Ashmead, PhD ‘14, is a recipient of The Health Policy Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association Student Paper Competition. Ashmead will present his work at the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings, the largest gathering of statisticians in North America, held in Seattle this August. Read more here.

Student Dave Kline Featured in ASA Presidential Address

One of our own PhD students, Dave Kline, was featured in the 2014 ASA Presidential Address! Dave's appearance starts at approximately 13:20 in the video.

Biostatistics Graduate Students Presented at the JSM 2015

The Interdisciplinary Biostatistics PhD program was represented well at the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle August 8th through August 13th by three of our graduate students. JSM (the Joint Statistical Meetings) is the largest gathering of statisticians held in North America. The students and their topics are listed below:

  • Brittney Bailey, joint with A. Shoben and R. Foraker: “The Impact of Modeling Strategy and Informative Censoring on Estimated Readmission Risk”
  • Rong Lu, joint with R. Smith, M. Seweryn, D. Wang, A. Webb, W. Sadee, and G. Rempala "Allele-Specific RNA Expression Modeling Using Finite Mixture Models"
  • Fangyuan Zhang, joint with S. Lin: "Imprinting and and Maternal Effects Based on Partial Likelihood"

Biostatistics student paper selected by ASA

The time Robert Ashmead has committed to research has paid off. The fifth-year doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Biostatistics is the recipient of the American Statistical Association (ASA) Survey Research Methods, Government Statistics, and Social Statistics Sections’ Student Paper Award.

Congratulations, Robert!

PhD student wins ASA's Lester R. Curtin Award

Dave Kline, a Biostatistics PhD student working with Dr. Eloise Kaizar, has won the ASA's inaugural Lester R. Curtin award.

Congratulations, Dave!

Several graduate students to present at the 2013 JSM meeting

JSM (The Joint Statistical Meetings) is the largest gathering of statisticians held in North America. It is held jointly with eight different statistical societies. The 2013 Joint Statistical Meetings will take place in Montreal, Canada, August 3 - 8, 2013. The Biostatistics PhD program will be represented by several of our graduate students! The students and their topics are listed below:

  • Robert Ashmead: “A Causal Framework for Intervention Evaluation with Survey Data”
  • Shasha Bai, joint with A. Shoben and H. Nagaraja: “Simultaneous Inference of Method Agreement and Rater Reliability Through General Clustered Repeated-Measures Data”
  • Kevin Donges, joint with C. Calder and D. Wheeler, Virginia Commonwealth University: “A Simulation Study of the Effect of Study Duration on Modeling Environmental Risk of Cancer”
  • Alice Hinton, joint with H. Nagaraja: “Estimation of Misclassification Rates in Discriminant Analysis with Normal Populations”
  • Danielle Sullivan, joint with R. Andridge: “Hot Deck Imputation of Nonignorable Missing Data with Sensitivity Analysis”

Koch Fellowship Award

Kevin Donges, a Biostatistics PhD student, was named the inaugural recipient of the Gary G. and Carolyn Koch Fellowship in Biostatistics.