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Pitt Public Health appoints Shyamal D. Peddada to chair Department of Biostatistics


Dear Pitt Public Health Colleagues,


I am delighted to announce that SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA, PhD has accepted our offer to become the new chair of the Department of Biostatistics.  Dr. Peddada will assume his new duties on September 1, 2017.


Dr. Peddada comes to us from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) where he is the Acting Branch Chief of the Biostatistics & Computational Biology Branch and a Senior Tenured Investigator.  He also holds adjunct appointments as Professor of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University. Prior to joining the NIEHS he was faculty member in the Department of Statistics at the University of Virginia, where he rose to become a tenured Professor. Dr. Peddada earned a BSc honors in Mathematics from the University of Delhi, an MSc in Agricultural Statistics from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, and both his MA and PhD degrees in Statistics from the University of Pittsburgh. 


His research is at the intersection of several fields of public health, including bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, and epidemiology, and makes him an excellent choice to lead the department.  His research interests focus on developing methods that exploit the underlying inequalities/order in a scientific experiment (e.g. dose-response studies in clinical trials, time-course cell-cycle/circadian clock experiments) using parametric and nonparametric methods for ordered multivariate data, and analyzing high dimensional data, such as those arising in genomic studies (e.g. gene expression, CpG methylation), human microbiome and toxicology. Dr. Peddada has authored or co-authored 76 peer-reviewed papers, collaborated on an additional 61 papers, and has actively served as an Academic Editor of PLOS One since 2012. Previously he has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association (Theory and Methods), and Associate Editor of Statistics and Probability Letters.  He is a member of the International Statistics Institute and an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association. 


I wish to publicly thank Interim Chair Dr. Jong Jeong, who for the last year guided the department with integrity and wisdom. 


Please join me in welcoming Dr. Shyamal Peddada as our new Chair of the Department of Biostatistics.


Donald S. Burke, dean



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