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Fall 2016


Our Faculty are on Fire! 

Roger Peng

Biostatistics faculty across the spectrum are being honored for their contributions to the greater academic community. Check out some of the recent major honors and awards they have received!

Faculty Spotlight: Roger Peng, Recipient of the 2016 APHA Mortimer Spiegelman Award

Demographer, actuary and biostatistician Mortimer Spiegelman (1901-1969) made exceptional contributions to public health statistics. His contributions have continued posthumously through the Mortimer Spiegelman Award of the APHA Statistics Section, presented annually since 1970 to a public health statistician under age 40 who has made outstanding contributions to statistical methodology and its applications in public health

This year, Biostatistics’ own Associate Professor, Roger Peng was selected as the Spiegelman Award recipient. Dr. Peng’s work focuses on the development and application of advanced statistical methods to the area of environmental health. For the past ten years, he has continued the Department’s leadership in the area of air pollution epidemiology by developing new statistical approaches for quantifying the evidence of outdoor air pollution health effects. His contributions to the literature have been cited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s integrated science assessments, which are used to guide the agency’s development of national ambient air quality standards. Dr. Peng has also conducted extensive research on the effects of the indoor environment on respiratory morbidity, developing statistical approaches for analyzing data from environmental randomized controlled trials. In addition to his research, Dr. Peng is dedicated to teaching statistics and data science to a broad audience. As part of this effort, he has co-developed (with Department colleagues Jeff Leek and Brian Caffo) the massively popular Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization, a ten online-course sequence that has been taken by over 4 million people since it launched in 2014. 

Check out the other honors and awards here

Fresh Faces

Profiling Incoming Faculty Members 


Join us in welcoming our new Assistant Professors, Ni Zhao and Abhirup Datta!

Ni Zhao

Ni Zhao obtained her PhD in Biostatistics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013, advised by Dr. Michael Wu; she continued her postdoctoral training with Dr. Wu at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center prior to joining Johns Hopkins. Dr. Zhao also holds a master's degree in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a medical degree in Preventive Medicine from Fudan University.

Her research interest lies in the development and application of statistical methodology for high-dimensional data that are collected in biomedical and public health studies, particularly for application to problems in the emerging “omics” field, including genomics, epigenomics, metagenomics, etc. Collaborations with biomedical researchers are another essential part of Dr. Zhao’s research program. Her broader scientific research interests in areas pertaining to cancer, environmental sciences, epidemiology and other biomedical and substantive disciplines.

Abhirup Datta

Abhirup Datta obtained his PhD in Biostatistics from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, advised by Dr. Hui Zou; he also holds a master's degree in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute.

Dr. Datta’s research interests include statistical modeling of massive spatial and spatio-temporal data, high dimensional statistical inference, asymptotic and finite sample theory, Bayesian statistics, and statistical modeling of environmental, forestry and ecological data.

We are very excited to welcome Drs. Zhao and Datta to the department.

Departmental Milestone

Save the Date! 

Biostatistics Centennial

Biostatistics will be getting a head start to its own centennial celebrations with a symposium and “birthday bash” on Saturday, July 29, 2017 - just prior to the Joint Statistical Meetings. 

Save the Date

Maintaining Tradition

Recap: Biostatistics Annual Chili Party 2016

Chili Party Winners

On Saturday, September 24th, Department Chair, Karen Bandeen-Roche hosted the Department’s Annual Chili Party at her residence, continuing the nearly 30-year tradition of this event.

Attendance was at a very cozy 74 guests, with a total of six chili submissions - equally split between meat and vegetarian selections.

As per tradition, there were also several non-chili dishes contributed by other students, postdocs and faculty to make the potluck-style event a well-rounded gastronomic affair.

Although competition was stiff, there were three winners chosen by a panel of student and faculty judges: Associate Professor, Michael Rosenblum won Best Vegetarian Chili and student duo, Jacob Fiksel and Lamar Hunt, won Best Meat Chili. The winners received the coveted trophies for their respective categories; the trophies will be on display in their offices until next year’s showdown.


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