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Sommer Scholars

Yong Chen, PhD, MA

  • Country of Origin: China
  • PhD '10, Biostatistics

Due to the outbreaks of SARS and avian flu, public health research is growing in China. Biostatistics is where I can contribute.

As a research assistant at the Space Telescope Science Institute at Hopkins in 2004, Yong Chen measured the density of dust around the stars. Now, he wants to use his mathematical prowess to solve practical problems on earth.

"While working at the Space Telescope, I became excited about applying all sorts of mathematical theories to other disciplines," he says. Bloomberg School students impressed on him the contribution of biostatistics to public health. Chen hopes to develop new and better statistical methods that will help epidemiologists measure the association between risk factors and disease.

That's important in his native China, where recent epidemics have made public health a paramount concern. Chen says that one day, he would like to found a biostatistical research center that will enable scientists to discover new ways to answer public health and biomedical questions.

To discover new statistical methodologies for public health applications

Current Position

Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania