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Internship Alumni

  • 2016 Emily Hanson (undergraduate student, Rhodes College; mentor: Saunak Sen) developed the R/lcest package for analysis of bivariate left-censored data. Ms. Hanson is currently an Actuarial Analyst at Willis Towers Watson.
  • 2017 Alemayehu Wolde (PhD student, University of Memphis, 2018; mentor: Mehmet Kocak) developed statistical methods for growth curve modeling in the early years of life. Mr. Wolde is currently a Statistical Programmer at Sarah Cannon Research Institute.
  • 2018 Courtney Gale (recent graduate of Furman University, 2018; mentor: Saunak Sen) worked on statistical methods for activity and weight loss data. Ms. Gale is currently a Biostatistician II at Wake Forest University.
  • 2019 Luhang Han (PhD student, University of Memphis; mentor: Chi-Yang Chiu) developed a pipeline for analyzing NIH dbGaP data. Ms. Han is currently a Data Analyst at UTHSC.
  • 2019  Yunusa Olufadi (PhD student, University of Memphis; mentor: Fridtjof Thomas) developing a model of kidney failure. Mr. Olufadi is currently a Biostatistician at St. Jude.
  • 2020 (Internship paused due to COVID-19)
  • 2021 Nadeesha Thewarapperuma (PhD student, University of Kansas Medical Center; mentors: Xiaoyu Liang and Chi-Yang Chiu) performed an epigenome-wide association study for identifying oral and pharyngeal carcinoma-related CpGs by utilizing functional data analysis techniques. Winston Miller (MS student, University of Memphis; mentors Mehmet Kocak and Fridtjof Thomas) developed an R package bigBERD for generating automated biostatistic report templates. Ye Eun Bae (Phd student, Florida State University; mentor Saunak Sen) developed a statistical method for genetic analysis of allotetraploid species using data from switchgrass, a grass species native to North America used as biofuel. Zifan Yu (PhD student University of Washington; mentors: Saunak Sen and Tom Juenger of UT Austin) developed a fast computational algorithm in the Julia programming language for modeling large data matrices common in high-throughput biological experiments. Zifan "Fred" Yu currently works in our department as a Statistical Programmer.
  • 2022 Chenhao Zhao (Masters student, Dartmouth University; mentors Saunak Sen and Gregory Farage) worked on the Matrix Linear Model package for Julia (Matrix.M.jl). Mr. Zhao expanded the documentation, increased user friendliness and created a case study to showcase MLM's benefits. The case study investigated the association between Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients with type II diabetes and specific pathways and patient characteristics.
Sep 16, 2022