Awan Afiaz

Awan Afiaz
UW Location
Population Health Building

Hans Rosling Center for Population Health
3980 15th Avenue NE
Box 351617
Seattle, WA 98195-1617
United States


I am a first-year PhD student in the Department of Biostatistics.

I work as a Research Assistant with Dr. Jeffrey Leek at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center. My responsibilities also involve working as a resource developer for Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR). My research focuses on the evaluation of impact and engagement metrics for biomedical software. With the rapid increase of software tools in biomedical research, evaluating usage and impact metrics for such software is crucial in determining user and contributor engagement. Such assessments can also provide justification for funding as well as continued support and development. However, evaluating impact and engagement can be challenging due to distorted or misleading metrics, as well as various ethical and security concerns. Furthermore, the majority of scientific software projects lack formal evaluation processes and do not incorporate user feedback.

Our current project is based on devising a generalizable set of guidelines and strategies that would be effective (or have already been shown to work in practice) for different bioinformatics software and resources to address these issues as well as identifying useful impact and engagement metrics. We also analyzed multiple pertinent data sets including a survey of scientific software projects for the Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) program, and highlight existing issues in the field. Our research intends to support scientific software developers in optimizing the utility of their tools and resources, incorporating user feedback, increasing their chances of receiving funding, and ultimately advancing science and medicine with optimized, and effective software solutions.

I enjoy walking in the parks in Seattle, playing video games and watching Formula 1 racing in my free time. 

Applied Statistics
University of Dhaka