About Me

I received my Ph.D. degree in Statistics from UC Davis in 2004 and joined the faculty in the Department of Statistics at Pennsylvania State University. I joined the faculty of the UCLA Department of Biostatistics in 2011 where I have been an Associate Professor in Residence since July 1st of 2013.

My main areas of statistical methodology research are longitudinal and functional data analysis, semiparametric adjustments in regression modeling and measurement error models. My program of independent and creative research is motivated by my own collaborative research in several specific fields, including nephrology, psychiatry and AIDS. My independent research program in examining outcomes in patients on dialysis, such as the risk of cardiovascular events and infections is funded by my R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2011. This NIH funded project is multidisciplinary and engages collaborators from nephrology and public health to develop novel statistical approaches to understand infection and cardiovascular risk in the United States dialysis population; infection and cardiovascular disease are the leading causes of hospitalization and death in patients on dialysis. In my second and third areas of applied research, I serve as a senior consulting faculty member in SIStat, UCLA Biostatistics core in the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior and CFAR, UCLA Center for AIDS Research. Through these roles, I am collaborating on a wide range of scientific projects which drive my statistical methodology research.

You can download my CV here.