On April 27, 2019, Pitt Public Health celebrated recent graduates with awards given upon the culmination of a degree program. Delta Omega's honor society inductees were announced and outstanding thesis/essay and dissertation awards were conferred. Outstanding Student Awards were also given at both the master's and doctoral level, as well as Dean's Service Awards.
Congratulations to Yue (Luna) Wei (BIOST '21) who won for Gene-based Association Analysis for Bivariate Time-to-event Data through Functional Regression with Copula Models during this year's Conference on Lifetime Data Science: Foundations and Frontiers meeting May 29-31 in Pittsburgh.
Zhe Sun (BIOST '19) presented BAMM-SC: A Bayesian Mixture Model for Clustering Droplet-Based Single Cell Transcriptomic Data from Population Studies at the spring meeting of the International Biometric Society. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Tao Sun (BIOST '19), who presented work on Coupula-Based Sieve Semiparametric Transformation Model for Bivariate Interval-Censored Data.
Yujia Li (BIOST ') won for work on Simultaneous Estimation of Number of Clusters and Feature Sparsity in Clustering High-Dimensional Data using Resampling Methods. Congratulations!
The Department of Biostatistics prizes went to Junyao Wang (PhD '20), first place, and Jerry Zhang (PhD '22), second place.
Peng Liu's (BIOST '16, '21) paper "MethylSeqDesign: A framework for Methyl-Seq genome-wide power calculation and study design issues" has been selected for the Distinguished Student Paper Award. Congratulations!
At this year's Code4PA event, two teams of Pitt Public Health students won prizes in the regional competition and advanced to the final round. A team of four, including HUANG LIN (BIOS '20), QING YIN (BIOS '21), AND LINGYUN LYU (BIOS '22), won best use of a case/visualization. The other team, including GARRY SMYDA (BIOS '22), won best use of Esri Technology.
FORBES - Bariatric surgery can reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death in obese people. But those who gained back 20 percent of weight lost were more than one-third more likely to develop diabetes and two-thirds more likely to have high cholesterol, according to a study conducted by a research team including EPI and BIOS professors, WENDY KING, STEVEN BELLE, ABDUS WAHED, MPH student, AMANDA HINERMAN (EPI '19), and other colleagues. ...
BIOS student, HUANG LIN (PhD '21), won the prize for best poster presentation at SAGES 2018, the Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology, and Statistics conference. Huang presented his work on developing a novel methodology for analyzing microbiome data. The title of his poster was "Analysis of Differential Abundance of Taxa in Microbiome Studies Using An Off-Set Based Linear Regression."
The Department of Biostatistics prize went to JOANNE BEER (PhD '18). She presented a poster on Predicting Social Responsiveness Scale scores from fMRI data using structured sparse penalized regression.
On April 28, 2018, Pitt Public Health celebrated recent graduates with awards given upon the culmination of a degree program. Delta Omega's honor society inductees were announced and outstanding thesis/essay and dissertation awards were conferred. Outstanding Student Awards were also given at both the master's and doctoral level, as well as Dean's Service Awards.
Biostatistics student LI ZHU's paper, entitled “Bayesian indicator variable selection model to incorporate multi-layer overlapping group structure in multi-omits application ,” was recognized with one of the distinguished student paper awards at the spring meeting of the International Biometric Society's Eastern North American Region. One of the US' largest professional gatherings of biostatisticians, the 2018 ENAR Spring Meeting takes place th...
LI ZHU (BIOST) was first author on the paper "Bayesian indicator variable selection to incorporate multi-layer overlapping group structure in multi-omics applications" that received one of the International Biometric Society Eastern North American Region’s (ENAR) Distinguished Student Paper Awards. Zhu will present the paper in the 2018 ENAR Spring Meeting in Atlanta, GA on March 27. BIOST student TIANZHOU MA, and BIOST faculty, GEORGE TSENG, ar...
This year, Pitt BIostats master's student LINGYUN LYU is a recipient of the Lingzi Lu Memorial Award from the American Statistical Association in partnership with the International Chinese Statistical Association, The award provides travel support to the ASA Conference on Statistical Practice and memorializes Lingzi L, a first-year student in the master's program in statistics at Boston University, who lost her life in the senseless bombing at...
After landing a research position at the Massachusetts General Hospital Biostatistics Center, Kristina Boyd was encouraged to pursue public heath as a career. In addition to serving as a research assistant in the UPMC Department of Emergency Medicine, she is a wife and mother to a 2-year-old. Though balancing motherhood and graduate school can be difficult, she wants people to know that "it is possible and it is so worth it."
RNA-SEQ BLOG - Important work by biostatistics and human genetics professor GEORGE TSENG and biostatistics PhD student TIANZHOU MA proposes a full Bayesian hierarchical model for RNA-seq meta-analysis by modelling count data, integrating information across genes and across studies, and modelling potentially heterogeneous differential signals across studies via latent variables.
Biostatistics doctoral student TIANZHOU MA (BIOS‘18) was awarded the 2017 Student of the Year Award by the American Statistical Association (ASA) Pittsburgh Chapter.
Doctoral student YI LIU (BIOS ’17) was awarded the Mihaela Serban Best Poster Award in the American Statistical Association (ASA) Pittsburgh Chapter's 2017 poster competition for her presentation "Copula-based Score Test for Large-scale Bivariate Time-to-even Data, with an Application to a Genetic Study of AMD Progression."
Doctoral student LAUREN BALMERT (BIOST '17) has been selected to present her research on accidental poisoning mortality to our elected leaders and alumni at Pitt Day in Harrisburg on March 21, 2017.