I am an Assistant Professor of Statistics at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Utah State University. I joined USU in 2012 after receiving my doctorate in Statistics. Complete information about me can be found in my CV.

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I am looking for self-motivated students to join our group, starting in either the Spring or the Fall. Ph.D., M.S., Undergraduate, Post-doc, and visiting scholars are all highly welcomed. A successful candidate is expected to have a fast independent studying ability, a strong interest in my research, a solid statistical background, a basic ability to develop innovative ideas, and must excel in programming code (R, any of Python, C++, or Matlab, etc.). To join our group, students must already be admitted to (or enrolled by) the university. I prefer to choose students with whom I am familiar (often those who have taken at least a course from me). Post-doc and visiting scholars must be self-financed.

I am actively looking for collaborators who have interesting and promising data sets, and who need a statistician to serve as the Co-Investigator for grant applications. I can generally write a 1-2 page methodology section to provide theoretical support such as power analyses, sample size computations, and so on. (The page limit is flexible per the request of the collaborator.)



Education


Research Interests

  • Statistical Genetics, QTL mapping, GWAS, LD mapping
  • Statistical Shape Analysis
  • Biostatistics: statistical application to clinical trials, public health, disease, biomedical, and biological traits
  • Functional Data Analysis, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Ultra High-dimensional Modeling, Mixture Models

Funded Research Grants

  • Sole-PI, 08/14-07/17, NSF DMS-1413366
  • Sole-PI, 07/15-12/15, VPR Research GEM Grant
  • Sole-PI, 01/13-12/13, VPR Research Catalyst Seed Grant
  • Female Researcher, 07/13-08/13, Woman and Gender Research Travel Support

Professional Services

  • Editorial Board of Austin Statistics Publishing Group, 2014-present
  • Review Editorial Board of Frontiers in Genetic Architecture, 2011-present
  • Invited Applied Math Session Organizer and Chair for the Intermountain MAA (Mathematical Association of America) Meeting, Orem, UT, 3/2014
  • Invited Reviewer for the following journals:
    • Briefings In Bioinformatics
      BMC Genetics
      Environmental Modeling & Software
      Frontiers in Bioscience
      Genetics
      Journal of Probability and Statistics
      Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics
      PLoS ONE
      PLoS Genetics
      Theoretical Biology and Medical Modeling

Honors and Awards

  • Researcher of the Year, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, USU, 2015
  • Selected Member of the Proposal Writing Institute, USU, 2013 ($5,000 award)
  • University Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Florida, 2006-2008