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Photo of Yingye Zheng and Thomas Braun
Photo of Yingye Zheng and Thomas Braun
UW Biostatistics faculty and alumnus named 2021 ASA Fellows
Biostatistics alumni Yingye Zheng (MS’ ‘99, PhD’ 02) and Thomas M. Braun (MS ’96, PhD ’99) have been elected fellows of the American Statistical Association (ASA).
Nina Galanter
Nina Galanter
Biostatistics PhD student receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Nina Galanter, a doctoral student in biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, is the recipient of a 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.
Photo of African children posing for photograph
Photo of African children posing for photograph
Statistical model developed for UN to estimate subnational variation in under-five mortality
Statistical model developed by University of Washington team for United Nations (UN) identifies local areas in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia where additional resources may be needed to mitigate high under-five mortality.
Headshot of Holly Janes
Headshot of Holly Janes
Holly Janes named Prentice Endowed Professor for 2021-22
Holly Janes has been named the Prentice Endowed Professor for 2021-22. An affiliate professor of biostatistics, Janes is also co-principal investigator of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) Statistics and Data Management Center at Fred Hutch. Last year, HVTN pivoted from HIV vaccine research to focus its expertise on the COVID-19 vaccine effort.
Photo of Biostatistics MS Capstone student meeting with Adam Szpiro
Photo of Biostatistics MS Capstone student meeting with Adam Szpiro
UW Biostatistics celebrates first Master of Science Capstone graduates
The University of Washington Department of Biostatistics is celebrating a major milestone as it graduated the first students from its Master of Science Capstone program this past Winter quarter.
Headshot of Timothy Thornton
Headshot of Timothy Thornton
Harnessing genetic diversity to narrow racial disparities in healthcare
The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated racial disparities in healthcare and health outcomes. For example, hospitalization and mortality rates for Black Americans are two, even three, times higher than those for White Americans. These health disparities have rekindled a longstanding debate about the use of race in clinical practice and biomedical research. In a recently published New England Journal of Medicine article, five genetic researchers who self-identify as Black provided their perspective on the use of race in medicine.  
sequencing equipment at TOPMed NW regional sequencing center
sequencing equipment at TOPMed NW regional sequencing center
UW researchers show vital role of large-scale genome sequencing
A flagship paper co-authored by scores of researchers from across the University of Washington – including scientists from the UW Schools of Public Health and Medicine and the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine – shows just how valuable whole-genome sequencing data, and the variants they reveal, are to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders.
Headshot of Mary Lou Biggs
Headshot of Mary Lou Biggs
Nonesterified Fatty Acids and Kidney Function Decline in Older Adults: Findings From the Cardiovascular Health Study
Mary Lou Biggs, project director and epidemiologist at the Collaborative Health Studies Coordinating Center (CHSCC) in the Department of Biostatics, is co-author of this study that found that a single fasting serum NEFA concen