Biostatistics Colloquium: Connecting Investigators with Senior Students

Invited participants will hear from established and emerging voices as they explore how the field of biostatistics is changing and what's engaging the next generation of investigators.

Colloquium Features

  • Senior student research presentations
  • Networking lunch & poster session
  • Talks from local investigators, alumni, and faculty


  • Morning Session (9 a.m.-noon) 
  • Networking Lunch & Poster Session (noon-1:45 p.m.)
  • Afternoon Session (2-4:30 p.m.) 

Session Speakers:

Morning session:

  • Real-world biostatistics – perspectives from a UW Biostatistics alum - Jennifer Clark Nelson (MS ’96, PhD ’99), Kaiser Permanente
  • Statistical inference in populations with mixed ancestry - Kelsey Grinde, PhD Student, University of Washington
  • Nonparametric variable assessment using flexible estimation techniques - Brian Williamson, PhD Student, University of Washington
  • Dengue Vaccine Efficacy: Are there immunological and virus markers of differential protection? - Peter Gilbert (MS ’94, PhD ’96), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Interpretability of neural networks - Jean Feng, PhD Student, University of Washington
  • Personalized risk-adaptive surveillance - Aasthaa Bansal (MS ’08, PhD ’11), CHOICE Institute, University of Washington

Afternoon Session:

  • Statistical modeling to inform policies in global health - Laina Mercer (MS ’11 Biostat, PhD ’16 Stat), Institute for Disease Modeling
  • Dimension reduction for spatially-misaligned and multivariate air pollution data with missing observations - Phuong Vu, PhD Student, University of Washington
  • Mesh based solutions to nonparametric regression - Brayan Ortiz (PhD ’18), Amazon
  • Closing remarks  - Thomas Fleming, Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics, University of Washington

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Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 9:00am to 4:30pm
HUB Lyceum (HUB)