Hello! I am Yu Cao, and I am originally from China but have lived in Virginia for several years. Currently I am a trainee on a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences grant. My research interests include Bayesian methods for repeated measures and cluster analysis.
|Di Pace, Brian S.
Hello, my name is Brian Di Pace. I am originally from Connecticut, and have spent the last 7 years in Virginia. I work as an Associate in the Biostatistical Consulting Laboratory (BCL), a student-led consulting laboratory within the VCU Department of Biostatistics. My research interests include adaptive allocation approaches in clinical trials, clustered designs, mixed effect modeling, spatial statistics, and Bayesian methods.
|Garcia, Victoria C.
Hi! I’m Victoria Garcia. I was born and bred in the Richmond area. My scientific interests began during my undergraduate career at VCU, where I studied Behavioral Pharmacology and Toxicology in animal laboratories. I decided to apply the knowledge I had gained from working with animal models to human subjects by studying Epidemiology at EVMS in Norfolk, VA. My interest in Biostatistics was piqued at EVMS, so I returned to VCU and enrolled in the Biostatistics program. I have had the opportunity to work with transplant data through my internship with the United Network for Organ Sharing, as well as other projects pertaining to dental data and quality of life data. In my free time, I like to cook, read design blogs, and play with my two cats.
|He, Jun (Jessie)
Hi! I’m Jessie. My research interests are clinical data analysis and trial design, but I am also a big fan of spatial data analysis and Bayesian methods. To relax, I like to cook, visit museums, sit at the lake and read books, travel, or play sports. I play badminton, which is my favorite sport, and I’ve just started learning taekwondo. During my travels, I like tasting new dishes. After so much studying and hard work, the stomach deserves the best food!
|Hochheimer, Camille J.
Hello! I’m Camille. I completed my undergraduate degree at UVA, where I majored in Spanish and minored in Math. At VCU, I am a Research Assistant for the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health where I’m involved in a variety of research from opioid prescribing patterns to medical guideline adherence. My personal research focuses on modeling patterns of survey dropout. In my free time, you can often find me upside-down at yoga or tending to my growing plant collection.
|Johns, Alicia M.
Hi! I’m Alicia Johns, and I have a BS in Mathematics from Hollins University. I spent a year after completing college working at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Although I am interested in women’s health, I really enjoy that biostatistics allows you to be flexible and research a range of topics. In my free time (which does not occur often), I enjoy playing soccer and kickball, reading outside when there is nice weather, and crafting.
Hello! I’m Anny Joseph. Many moons ago I completed an undergraduate and graduate degree in Mathematics at Stephen F. Austin State University followed by further graduate work in Operations Research Methods at Southern Methodist University. I went on to work as a Mathematics Instructor at various community colleges in Arizona before deciding to enroll at VCU. I am now a Research Assistant for the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health. There, most of my research is focused on maternal and child outcomes and youth violence; however, my own dissertation work is concentrated on spatial statistics.
|Zirkle, Keith W.
Hello! I’m Keith Zirkle. I graduated from James Madison University in 2013 with my BS in Statistics. My research interests include spatial epidemiology and causal inference. Outside of research, I enjoy volunteering with the VCU Massey Cancer Center, finding cheap flights abroad, and drinking too much coffee.
Hi! My name is Brielle Forsthoffer, and I am a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Biostatistics. I received my undergraduate degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics from Monmouth University. I am currently working for PharPoint Research, Inc. as a Statistical Intern. When I am not in the department, I’m usually out running, exploring Richmond, or playing with my dog Belle.
|Haviland, Miranda S.
Hi! I’m Miranda Haviland, and I’m a 2nd MS student here at VCU. I received my undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from Norfolk State University in Virginia, but I grew up in Southern California. I applied to VCU to learn more about clinical trials and statistical consulting. During my free time I like to read, cook, and spend time with my cat.
Hello! My name is Qi. I am from Shenzhen, China, and I have been in the U.S. since high school. I attained my BS degree in biology from Villanova University. I was first exposed to the power and glamour of statistics in biology research while I was taking a human microbiome course as an undergrad. Now as an M.S. student, I am eager to explore how statistics can be applied in and incorporated into various research disciplines. My favorite pastime is watching tennis (aside from being a lousy player myself). I am also self-learning to play the piano.
|Okhomina, Victoria I.
Hello! I received a BSE in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University before jumping ship to Public Health and earning my MPH in Biostatistics at the University of North Texas HSC. Prior to attending VCU, I worked as a Data Programmer and Biostatistician primarily assigned to projects involving cardiovascular health and psychosocial factors. During that time, my research interests developed around methods in health disparities research. I am a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Scholar and am working as an Associate in the Biostatistical Consulting Laboratory (BCL).
|Retnam, Reuben P.
My name is Reuben Retnam. . I became a student in the Department of Biostatistics in 2017, after earning a BS from Hampden-Sydney College with majors in Mathematics and Biology. My current methodological research is focused on robust parametric linear mixed models, while my applied projects center on gender disparities in oral health.
Hello! I’m Salem, a 2nd year PhD student in the program. Prior to Richmond, I have lived in several other cities and countries around the world. I was drawn to the field of biostatistics due to the stimulating intellectual challenge and benefit to society it provides. I presently work as a Research Assistant for the Department of Surgery. Other interests of mine include traveling/exploring hidden gems, playing basketball, and cartography.
Hello there! My name is Matthew Anderson. I graduated with a BS in Mathematics from Georgia Southern University. In 2017 I was fortunate to travel to Iowa and participate in Dordt College’s Summer Research in Statistical Genetics Program, where I worked on developing statistical methods in human and bacterial genetics. My current research interests include sampling, statistical methods in computational biology, particularly high dimensional data in genomics, statistical learning, and the use of genomics in personalized medicine. Outside of school I enjoy watching movies, visiting museums, and exploring Richmond.
Hello, my name is Matt Carli. I’m a 1st year PhD student in the Department of Biostatistics. I received my undergraduate degree in English Lit and Chinese Language from Washington and Lee University in 2013. I spent two years teaching English in China, and after returning to the States took courses in mathematics at SUNY Albany. When I’m not studying for classes I enjoy running, reading, learning new languages, and traveling.
Hi, my name is Martin Lavallee and I am from New Jersey. I received my Master’s in Statistics from Rutgers University and my Bachelor’s in World Politics from Hamilton College. Before starting at VCU, I worked for a year in the pharmaceutical industry developing a signal detection project mining temporal adverse drug events from electronic health records as a contribution to the OHDSI community. Outside of statistics, I like to read up on sports and pop culture.
Hello! My name is Alicia Richards, and I am a 1st year PhD student in the Department of Biostatistics. I grew up in Rhode Island and received my undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Catawba College. I first became interested in the field of biostatistics after participating in the Summer Institute of Biostatistics, and now I am excited to broaden my knowledge here at VCU. This year, I am a Teaching Assistant for BIOS 543 Graduate Research Methods I. In my free time, I enjoy paddle boarding, running, and baking.
My name is Xinxin, and I am a 1st year Biostatistics student, after receiving a MS in Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh. I am also a Teaching Assistant for BIOS 543, Graduate Research Methods. In my spare time, I like to go to the gym and exercise a bit, or go out for a walk in a park.
|Hargarten, Paul M.
Hey! I am Paul Hargarten, and I am a graduate of the University of Richmond with majors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics. I was introduced to and immediately fell in love with the field of Biostatistics by the SIBS program. At VCU, I successfully defended my Master’s thesis entitled: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Health Impacts of Inorganic Arsenic in Chemical Mixtures. I am now extending the work as my dissertation topic. When I am not working, I am involved in the youth ministry at a local church. I also enjoy hiking, backpacking, kayaking, tubing down the James, and playing anomalous board games.
|Jay, Christopher E.
Hey, I’m Chris Jay! I graduated from SUNY University at Buffalo in 2015 with my BS in Medicinal Chemistry. I am a PhD student in the VCU School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutics. I wanted the duality of bench work and statistical data analysis (MS in Biostatistics, Clinical Research and Biostatistics Concentration) to pursue employment at the FDA. Outside of research, I enjoy volunteering with various groups around Richmond, cheering on the Buffalo Bills, and going outdoors to play Golf and Disc Golf.
|Kaspar, Cristin D.|
|Kenning, Kristine L.|
|Liu, Hangcheng (Daniel)|
|Mishra, Narad M.|
I’m a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School, and I completed a residency in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at VCU. I’m an Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, and an Affiliate Faculty, Department of Music, at VCU. I’m in my 3rd year in the MS in Biostatistics, Clinical Research and Biostatistics Concentration program.
|Volker, Sonja E.|
Hi! My name is Jinlei Zhao. I have a PhD degree in Microbiology and have been doing research in my laboratory. I am an Instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine at VCU and also a part-time student in the MS in Biostatistics, Clinical Research and Biostatistics Concentration program. As a student in Biostatistics, there is so much for me to learn in the field. Outside of Biostatistics and my lab, I spend time with my family and enjoy traveling, fishing, and playing tennis and badminton.