My job as a professor has two main parts: teaching and research. I teach statistics classes to undergraduate and graduate students. In my classes we learn how to calculate and model the association between a risk factor and a disease. We all know that smoking is a risk factor for lung cancer but how do you prove it? Or suppose there is a new treatment for a disease, how would you design a study to test the new treatment? We also learn how to design a survey and analyze the resulting data.
I also do research in the field of biostatistics. One of the projects I am working on is comparing different dosing strategies for patients on dialysis. We want to determine which rule for when to increase/decrease the drug dose is associated with patients surviving for the longest time.
Hard skills: Mathematical ability, computer programming, report writing.
Soft skills: Public speaking, time management, ability to teach.
- Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath), University of Waterloo, Statistics with Computer Science (CS) minor, Co-op Education, Dean's Honours List, 2002
- Master of Mathematics (MMath), University of Waterloo, Statistics-Biostatistics, 2003
- Master of Science, University of Washington, Biostatistics, 2005
- PhD, University of Washington, Biostatistics, 2009