Student Profiles

Master's Students

  • Fangyi Cao

    Fangyi Cao

    • Degree Program: MS
    • Entry Term: Winter 2021

    Fangyi comes from northeast China. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics at the University of Macau and was an exchange student at the University of Hong Kong and NTU (Singapore) respectively for a year. She is interested in using mathematics to explore the unknown, especially, research related to disease and pharmacy. In her spare time, she likes painting and photography, and skiing each winter vacation.

  • Ziyi Ding

    Ziyi Ding

    • Degree Program: MS
    • Entry Term: Fall 2020

    Ziyi comes from the northern part of China. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Statistics from Central South University. She has always been curious about new things and enjoys participating in projects in different fields. In her free time, she likes playing badminton, swimming, traveling and photography.

  • Zhengxu Liao

    Zhengxu Liao

    • Degree Program: MS
    • Entry Term: Fall 2020

    Zhengxu is an interesting person coming from Shenzhen, southern China. He received his bachelor's degree of science in Statistics at Sun Yat-Sen University in China. His interest in biostatistics arose when he analysed transcriptomic data on The Cancer Genome Atlas. Additionally, he also has interests in optimization problem and theoretical research. In his spare time, he likes playing games and doing physical exercises.

  • Ryo Mayes

    Ryo Mayes

    • Degree Program: MS
    • Entry Term: Fall 2020

    Ryo grew up in Northern California. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in cognitive science. After graduating, he accepted a basketball analytics internship offer with the Sacramento Kings, where he had the opportunity to work with several statistics researchers on interesting NBA analytics projects. His experience with the Kings helped to land him a job as a Marketing Analyst at Prosper Marketplace in San Francisco, where he worked for about two years. In his spare time, Ryo likes to go backpacking, work on a variety of random computer science-related projects, watch and play basketball and tennis, and eat great food with friends.

  • Benjamin Pham

    Benjamin Pham

    • Degree Program: MS
    • Entry Term: Fall 2020

    Benjamin Pham graduated from UCSD with a bachelor's degree in Bioengineering: Biotechnology. As an undergraduate student, he has worked on various genomic research projects relating to Autism Spectrum Disorder, prostate cancer, and head/neck cancer. He hopes to learn more about statistical methodology through the UCSD Biostatistics Masters program to further understand experimental design and data used in biological research. In his free time, Benjamin enjoys traveling and tinkering with computers.    

  • Ana Regina Ramirez

    Ana Regina Ramirez

    • Degree Program: MS
    • Entry Term: Fall 2020

    Ana Regina was born in Mexico City and raised in Orange County, California. She attended the Honors College of Florida International University in Miami. As an undergraduate, one of her greatest experiences was studying abroad at the Public Health Research Institute of India, Mysore, after which she was determined to pursue a graduate degree in research and public health. A year later, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology and Anthropology and has spent the years prior to starting her MS working as a research assistant, namely on the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study. Her interests lie in analyzing substance use and neuroimaging data. In her spare time, Ana Regina enjoys being at the beach with her dog Rumi and trying new restaurants. 

  • Scott Rappoport

    Scott Rappoport

    • Degree Program: MS
    • Entry Term: Fall 2019

    Scott Rappoport is a Senior Software/Release Engineer at Humana’s Digital Health and Analytics (DH&A) division, specializing in database technology. He received a BS in Biochemistry from FSU and a MS in Chemical Engineering from CU-Boulder. He also holds professional certifications as an Oracle Certified Professional DBA and Developer, an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, and has also completed HL7 RIM and CDA Specializations. He was also an instructor of Database Technology at UCSD-Extension from 2001 – 2017. His interests include using data mining techniques to characterize large datasets, and looks to integrate genetic data with clinical records and to analyze feature rich datasets across large cohorts quickly. He has lived in La Jolla with his wife and children since 1998.

  • Ravi Sharma

    Ravi Sharma

    • Degree Program: MS
    • Entry Term: Fall 2020

    Ravi graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. After graduating, he assisted in research in computational neuroscience. He also, alongside a physician, published a clinical case report examining the treatment of an eye condition with an unusual etiology. Ravi is currently a marketing analyst at a company in San Francisco. His interests lie in clinical data analysis and, more generally, leveraging data to improve clinical outcomes. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing tennis, watching documentaries, and trying new foods.

     

  • Tianna Truby

    Tianna Truby

    • Degree Program: MS
    • Entry Term: Fall 2020

    Hi, my name is Tianna. I was born and raised in California. I recently graduated from UCSB with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences and a minor in Statistical Sciences. Fun fact: I can speak Japanese. I aim to further my statistics knowledge and delve into the Public Health field.

  • Yingjia Wei

    Yingjia Wei

    • Degree Program: MS
    • Entry Term: Fall 2020

    Yingjia was born in the southeast part of China, which has an awesome climate all year round. She received her bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a major in Animal Science. During her undergraduate phase, she participated in several research projects about statistical genomics and animal breeding. The experience of volunteering as a teacher in southwest China for a month and investigating the health service condition there stimulated her interest in health promotion, so she transferred to Biostatistics. She likes swimming, baking and sharing dessert with her friends.

  • Jasen Zhang

    Jasen Zhang

    • Degree Program: MS
    • Entry Term: Fall 2020

    Jasen grew up in Central New Jersey (yes that exists) with his two younger brothers. He earned his B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins University while also engaging in biostatistical coursework and research. His undergraduate research analyzed ICU data to assist physicians in making more data-informed clinical decisions. His interests include clinical trials and statistical genomics to assist in the next generation of personalized medicines. Jasen enjoys folding origami, playing board games, and the outdoors. 

  • Alexander Zhu

    Alexander Zhu

    • Degree Program: MS
    • Entry Term: Fall 2020 (UCSD transfer)

    Alexander grew up in Lanzhou, northern China, where he enjoys awesome beef noodle soup. He finished his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Sun Yat-sen University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  Previously, he was a graduate student in Biochemistry program at UCSD, where he had some experience on epigenomic analysis and became interested in biostatistics. In his spare time, Alexander likes hiking and playing card games. 

Doctoral Students

  • Ruifeng Chen

    Ruifeng Chen

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2017
    Ruifeng comes from China. He studied Statistics at University of Wisconsin Madison where he completed his Masters prior to arriving at UCSD. In his undergraduate phase, he went to Kenya and spent one and a half months teaching primary school students in bustee. He was motivated to continue graduate studies in Biostatistics by doing research finding differential distributed genes with a method “scDD” during his last years’ experience at UW-Madison. In his free time, Ruifeng likes playing basketball and traveling.
  • Matt (Ruohui) Chen

    Matt (Ruohui) Chen

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2018

    Life is a journey full of adventures and Matt always want to explore more! Before pursuing the PhD at UCSD, he studied biostatistics at University of Pennsylvania. Matt did his master thesis "Kidney Allograft Offers: Predictors of Turndown and the Impact of Late Organ Acceptance on Allograft Survival" under the instructions of Prof. Justine Shults and Dr. Jordana Cohen. Besides that, he also collaborated with Prof. Pam Shaw in area of longitudinal data analysis, and with Prof. Li Mingyao in area of gene therapy. His research interests are mainly in the area of longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis and causal inference, but he would also love to explore more in some other areas, such as high dimensional data analysis, and developing advance statistical methods.  In his spare time, he is a big fan of basketball, and loves traveling.

  • Yuwei Cheng

    Yuwei Cheng

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2020

    Yuwei comes from Xi’an, a city in the Northwest China. Before pursuing a Ph.D. in Biostatistics at UCSD, she graduated from College of the Holy Cross with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics. In the College's Summer Research Program and her Honors thesis, she explored the complex genetic underpinnings of adverse metabolic and disease severity outcomes in schizophrenia using Bayesian SEM and machine learning including tree-based and regularized regression methods. Yuwei appreciates studying and living in different places. After spending her junior year at the University of Oxford as a visiting student, she worked under the direction of Dr. Musie Ghebremichael at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. She is interested in pursuing methodological research motivated by applications in infectious diseases and mental health. In her spare time, she cooks and plays piano. She loves swimming as much as enjoying good food!

  • Michael Cheung

    Michael Cheung

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2019

    Michael Cheung graduated from Occidental College with a bachelor’s in mathematics. Prior to graduating, he worked at the Institute for Social Research at California State University, Sacramento as a student social researcher and intern. During his senior year at Occidental, Michael participated in the Student Independent Research Internship (SIRI) program at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. His experience at JPL led him to work as a software engineer at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas for two years before ultimately returning to California to pursue a PhD in biostatistics at UCSD. In his spare time, Michael likes to play guitar and talk all things soccer, particularly Chelsea F.C. 

  • Kristen Hansen

    Kristen Hansen

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2017
    Kristen was born and raised in central Minnesota, where she likes to frolic in the snow in winter and fallen leaves in autumn. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Statistics and Psychology from University of Minnesota, Morris. Previously, she has attended an REU program (2016) in High Performance Computing at University of Maryland, Baltimore County working with large scale precipitation data and attended a Summer Institute in Biostatistics Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2015. In her spare time, she likes to practice Yoga, pet all of the dogs she sees, as well as sing (Mezzo Soprano) and play classical piano. She loves board games and major league baseball on the occasional free evening.
  • Serene (Lingjing) Jiang

    Serene (Lingjing) Jiang

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2017

    Statistics is a science as well as an art to Lingjing (Serene): she enjoys digging into the mathematical world for understanding the underlying theories and developing novel statistical methods; she also loves presenting and communicating statistics to the public. Serene grows up in Shanghai, China, and she received her bachelor degree in translation from Chinese University of Hong Kong, and her master degree in statistics at University of California, San Diego. Serene is especially interested in developing new statistical and mathematical tools for analyzing high dimensional medical data to bring more insights into the scientific understanding of human and environmental health. In her free time, Serene likes cooking, exploring different cuisines and inviting friends for tasting.

  • Brian Kwan

    Brian Kwan

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2016

    Brian grew up in Los Angeles County. One of his personal favorite accomplishments was finishing a marathon before graduating high school. Previously, he attended the Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. After that experience, he became determined to begin graduate studies in biostatistics. His favorite quote is “The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone’s backyard” by John Tukey. In his free time, Brian enjoys running and watching NBA basketball.

  • Tuo Lin

    Tuo Lin

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2018

    Tuo comes from southern part of China. He came to the U.S. to pursue his bachelor degree at age 18, and his first destination was UCSD. He obtained both Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and bachelor of art degree in Economics in UCSD. After that, he obtained his Master’s degree in statistics in UCSD. During his Master’s, he worked at ACTRI in UCSD as a Graduate Student Researcher for one year. He has also co-authored in several papers applying semiparametric models, especially the ones using semiparametric GEE analysis in longitudinal data. His research interests lie in longitudinal analysis, semiparametric models and causal inference. In his spare time, he likes playing basketball, singing and swimming.

  • Wenyi Lin

    Wenyi Lin

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2017

    Wenyi Lin is from China. Prior to beginning her PhD program in UCSD, she received her master of science in Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University. She also received her bachelor of science in Information and Computing Science at Zhejiang University in China. She applied latent variable models on Nepal infant’s respiratory infection data for her master thesis. Her research interests lie in latent variable analysis, time series and image analysis. Wenyi enjoy playing chess in her free time.

  • Chenyu Liu

    Chenyu Liu

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2019

    Chenyu comes from the northern part of China. Prior to beginning her PhD program at UC San Diego, she received her master of science degree in statistics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  Her recent work applied ADMM algorithm and Huber loss to solve convex clustering under data contamination. Chenyu is also interested in high dimensional data analysis and developing statistical methods. In her free time, Chenyu loves watching movies and listening to music.

  • Jinyuan Liu

    Jinyuan Liu

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2017
    Jinyuan obtained her Master’s degree from University of Rochester. She worked at CTRI and Center of Aging in UCSD as a statistician before starting her PhD studies. She has worked on some methodological projects on causal inference and social networks. Her research interests lie primarily in the areas of longitudinal data analysis, causal inference etc. And her ultimate career goal is to conduct statistical inference in advanced studies, especially in an academic position in biostatistics, which can help people improve the understanding of human illness and health. She loves music, traveling and cooking in her spare time.
  • Charles (Jiyu) Luo

    Charles (Jiyu) Luo

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2019

    Charles was born in southern China and spent most of his youth in Beijing. He enjoys exploring different cultures and that mindset drove him to study abroad after high school. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a major in Mathematics. After that, he received his MS degree in statistics from the University of Pennsylvania. In the last few years, he worked on various biostatistics projects at the school of medicine as well as during internship. His work primarily focuses on modeling and inference of high dimensional problems in meta-genomics while he also has strong interest in Bayesian models of clinical trials with multiple endpoints. In his spare time, he enjoys reading books, watching NBA basketball and trading.

  • Christian Pascual

    Christian Pascual

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2020

    Christian is a NorCal native who's finally decided to explore the other half of California. He went to UC Davis for a BS in Biomedical Engineering and Columbia University for an MS in Biostatistics. He is interested in the exploring the use of wearables to biostatistical research. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys learning new board games, staring at difficult puzzles and standing on the soccer field as a goalkeeper. 

  • Yuqi Qiu

    Yuqi Qiu

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2016
    Yuqi Qiu was born and raised in southern China. He came to the United States to pursue his master degree at the age of 21. Prior to beginning the PhD program at UCSD, he received his master of science in biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University. He received his bachelor degree in International Economics and Trade from Beijing Normal University. Yuqi has co-authored in a paper titled A Generalized Class of Exponentiated Modified Weibull Distribution with Applications, which presents mathematical properties of two new classes of distributions and describe applications to real life data sets. This paper has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Data Science. For his master thesis, he did a longitudinal study examining the effect of vitamin D intake on human skin thickness and erythema. In his free time, he loves traveling around the world and playing basketball.
  • Junting Ren

    Junting Ren

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2019

    Junting likes challenges and makes every effort to solve real-world health problem that could save lives. He conducted several cancer-epidemiology projects while pursuing his medical degree at Sun Yat-sen University in China. Before coming to UCSD, he graduated with a master’s degree in Biostatistics from Columbia University, where he did a variety of research that covers statistical methods from high dimensional data to time-series analysis. Besides research, Junting loves to play basketball, guitar and do photography. Life is like an ice-cream enjoy it before it melts!

  • Anubhav Singh Sachan

    Anubhav Singh Sachan

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2018

    Anubhav is fascinated by how the analysis of data can shed light on complex phenomena and play an important role in scientific discoveries. He grew up in Mexico City and attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico where he obtained a bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics and Computing. After working for over a year as a statistician at a market research company, he decided to return to academia and pursue a master's degree in Statistics at Imperial College London. Whilst there, he spent some months researching Bayesian non-parametric methods that could be used on single-cell sequencing gene expression data to detect dependence between genes. Currently, Anubhav's main interests are Bayesian Analysis, Statistical Genetics and Predictive Modelling. He also enjoys travelling and watching documentaries about prehistoric wildlife.

  • Anya Umlauf

    Anya Umlauf

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2016

    Anya has graduated from the San Diego State University with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a master's in Statistics. Currently a senior statistician for the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP) at the University of California, San Diego, she collaborates with US and international researchers on studying genetic, neurovirologic, neuromedical, neurobehavioral, and neuroimaging data. The complete list of published scientific manuscripts that Anya contributed to can be found here.

    In addition, Ms. Umlauf has been teaching statistics since 2007. Most recently, she is a lecturer for Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) Programs in Clinical Research (CREST) and Leadership in Healthcare Organizations (LHCO), UCSD. In her free time Anya enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves photography, being outdoors, traveling, dancing, and eating good food.

  • Tyler Vu

    Tyler Vu

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2018

    Tyler was born and raised in Orange County, California where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics at California State University, Fullerton. Previously, he was a data analyst intern at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Tyler developed his interest in biostatistics by participating in the 2017 Summer Program in Biostatistics and Computational Biology at Harvard University where he worked with Dr. Sherri Rose. In 2018, he spent an additional summer working with the biostatistics department at Harvard University working with Dr. Victor De Gruttola. At CSUF, he participated in research projects related to environmental statistics, feature level fusion and financial mathematics. In his free time, he enjoys watching TV shows, NFL football and NBA basketball.

  • Xinran Wang

    Xinran Wang

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2020

    Xinran grew up in northern China. She received her bachelor’s degrees in Probability & Statistics and Economics from UC San Diego. Prior to graduating, she worked with Professor Satchidananda Panda at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies for two years, conducting statistical analysis on human circadian data and detecting the metabolic benefits of Time-Restricted Eating. This fascinating experience sparked her passion for investigating further in the areas of causal inference, longitudinal data analysis, and electronic health records. Besides research, she loves photography, watching musicals and movies, and traveling in her free time.

  • Morris (Tsung-Chin) Wu

    Morris (Tsung-Chin) Wu

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2020

    Morris has graduated from UCSD with a Master’s degree in statistics. In the meanwhile, he worked at Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging in UCSD as a Graduate Student Researcher. He obtained both Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at National Taiwan University. Morris has a strong interest in modern statistical applications for mental health data, and has applied many statistical methods for longitudinal data analysis, causal inference, and machine learning. In his spare time, he likes playing table tennis, watching movies, and traveling.

  • Yiran Zhang

    Yiran Zhang

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2018

    Yiran is an outgoing girl come from China.  She received her bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics at South China University of Technology and obtained her master’s degree in biostatistics at Emory University. She worked at the transplant center at Emory University’s School of Medicine which inspired her passion to combine statistical methods and human health, especially in the area of women’s health. Her recent work uses a variable selection model for censored data to validate and improve the staging system for breast cancer.  She is also interested in high dimensional data analysis, optimization problem and survival analysis. In her free time she likes to practice yoga and singing.

  • Yu Zhao

    Yu Zhao

    • Degree Program: PhD
    • Entry Term: Fall 2019
    Yu comes from China. He received his bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. He obtained his Master's degree in Statistics at UC San Diego prior to pursuing the Ph.D. His interests in both theoretical statistics and applied data analytics motivate him to continue his study in Biostatistics. He enjoys making rational scientific judgments based on effective analysis. His research interests mainly lie in causal inference and machine learning. In his spare time, Yu loves soccer and traveling.

Alumni

  • We will proudly highlight our alumni once we have our first graduates this upcoming academic year 2020-2021!

    We will proudly highlight our alumni once we have our first graduates this upcoming academic year 2020-2021!