Biography

I am a fourth year biostatistics Ph.D. candidate in Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Emory University. Previous to Emory, I obtained a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Computing Mathematics from City University of Hong Kong.

My dissertation research, advised by Dr. Limin Peng, aims to improve the understanding of heterogeneity in chronic disease population. We devote to developing latent class analysis methods for complex clinical data with multiple folds of challenges, including latent class uncertainty, missing failure types of competing risks, informative cluster size of longitudinal markers, model selection, and computational issues. Our work applies to mild cognitive impairment (MCI) research led by our collaborators from Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Emory University.

As graduate research assistant, I worked with Dr. Tianwei Yu on batch effect adjustment for RNA-seq data from fall 2016 to spring 2020. Our approach realizes batch effect correction in two steps, first in distance matrix level (paper on Bioinformatics), then in count matrix level (paper on Bioinformatics) . R packages that implement our methods are available on GitHub (QuantNorm, scBatch).

I served as a fellow for the inaugural 2019-2020 Emory Advanced Graduate Teaching Fellowship. During fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters, I received online training from Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) for evidence-based undergraduate STEM teaching. I also implemented the teaching techniques from the training to the lab session of QTM 210 – Probability and Statistics, an undergraduate course offered by Department of Quantitative Theory and Methods at Emory University.

I have also conducted collaborative research in several teams, including Winship Cancer Institute’s Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource (BBISR), Biostatistics Collaborative Core (BCC) at my own department, and a multi-institutional team between Tongji, Ocean Univ of China, MSKCC and Emory.

I am enjoying my PhD life with strong curiosity being satisfied.

Please find my CV here (updated May 22 2020).

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