Biostatistics Faculty

This page lists the various faculty that make up the Division of Biostatistics. There are pages that contain detailed information about the research, teaching and mentoring that faculty members are involved in. The Biostatistics Collaboration and Consulting Core (BCCC) members are also listed here, as well as the staff of the division.

Primary Faculty

Raymond R Balise

Research Associate Professor

rrb28@miami.edu

(305) 243-9694
Field of Interest: Data Science & Biostatistics Raymond Balise, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami (UM).  Prior to joining UM, he worked at Stanford University School of Medicine for 17 years as...

Yuguang Ban

Research Asst. Professor

yxb173@miami.edu

(208) 305-6332
Field of Interest: Computational Statistics and Bioinformatics in Genomics Yuguang (James) Ban, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has collaborated with many cancer...

Michele Ceccarelli

Research Professor

mxc2982@miami.edu


Xi Steven Chen

Professor

xxc353@miami.edu

Field of Interest: Statistical Genomics, Biomarker Discovery & Prediction Modeling Xi (Steven) Chen is a Professor of Biostatistics in DPHS at UMMSM. He is also the Director of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Chen’s research interests focus on statistical...

Daniel A Diaz

Research Asst. Professor

ddiaz3@miami.edu

(305) 243-4797
Field of Interest: Theoretical Statistics & Population Genetics Daniel Andrés Díaz-Pachón is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Biostatistics since September 2014. His research, current and former, can be divided into four big areas: In probability, he is working on population genetics....

Daniel J Feaster, Ph.D.

Professor

dfeaster@miami.edu

(305) 243-7881
Field of Interest: Hierarchical Linear, Structural Equation Modeling & Longitudinal Analysis Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Feaster has over 25 years of experience in the design, implementation, and analysis of large longitudinal...

Luciano Garofano

Assoc. Scientist, SOM (A)

lxg1142@miami.edu

(305) 243-7496
Dr. Luciano Garofano, our new research assistant professor in the Division of Biostatistics, brings his expertise to advance research on Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), an incurable brain tumor. His impactful research is centered around pioneering and evaluating innovative tools to integrate single-cell and spatial transcriptomics to explore how...

Yan Guo

Pending Rank at Professor

yxg835@miami.edu

Dr. Guo is a newly appointed Professor in the Department of Public Health and Sciences at the University of Miami. He also serves as the Director of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resources (BSSR) for the NCI-designated Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (Sylvester). As Director of BBSR, Dr. Guo works with his team to provide...

Hemant Ishwaran

Professor

hishwaran@miami.edu

(305) 243-5473
Field of Interest: Developing Machine Learning Methods Hemant Ishwaran, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) and is the Director of Statistical Methodology and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Division of Biostatistics.  Dr. Ishwaran is also affiliated with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer...

Limin Jiang

Research Asst. Professor

lxj423@miami.edu

(786) 854-8033
Limin Jiang, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Her primary focus in the department will be dedicated to research endeavors with research based on multi-omics big data and AI technologies – she is at the forefront of harnessing artificial intelligence to advance cancer recognition,...

Tulay Koru-Sengul

Research Professor

tsengul@miami.edu

(305) 243-2618
Field of Interest: Statistical Methods for Biological Responses Dr. Tulay Koru-Sengul is an Associate Professor and the graduate program director of Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics in the Division of Biostatistics and the lead faculty member overseeing the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program in the Department of Public...

Min Lu

Research Asst. Professor

m.lu6@umiami.edu

(305) 284-3001
Field of Interest: Machine Learning, Causal Inference & Variable Selection Min Lu, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She received her Doctoral degree in Biostatistics from the University of Miami in 2018. Her current work...

Shari Messinger, Ph.D.

Professor

s.messinger@miami.edu

(305) 243-4465
Field of Interest: Diabetes, Clinical Trials, Biomarkers & Clinical Biostatistics Dr. Shari Messinger is a Professor in the Division of Biostatistics and Director of Biostatistics Collaboration and Consulting Core. She additionally serves as Director of the Research Design and Biostatistics Program of the Miami CTSI.  Dr. Messinger...

Yue Pan

Research Asst. Professor

panyue@miami.edu

(305) 243-9747
Field of Interest: Machine-Learning on HIV Prevention, Health Behaviors, and Outcomes Yue Pan, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor at Biostatistics Division, Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami. Dr. Pan’s research interests focus on examining social determinants and health...

Isildinha M Reis, Ph.D.

Research Professor

ireis@miami.edu

(305) 243-5884
Field of Interest: Statistical Methods for Clinical Trials & Predictive Models Dr. Isildinha Reis, DrPH, is a Research Professor in the Division of Biostatistics of the Department of Public Health Science (DPHS) and in the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core Shared Resource at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Reis is a member...

Lily Wang

Professor

lxw391@miami.edu

(615) 397-7789
Field of Interest: Epigenomics Data, Integrative Genomics Analysis & Systems Biology Dr. Wang is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She is affiliated with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics (HIHG)....

Secondary Faculty

Swarup Swaminathan

Asst. Professor of Clinical

sss203@miami.edu

Dr. Swarup Swaminathan is a board-certified ophthalmologist focused on caring for patients with cataracts or glaucoma. A magna cum laude graduate of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Swaminathan completed his residency here at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He subsequently...

Lan Wang

Professor
Department Chair, Management Science

lxw611@miami.edu

(305) 284-9562
Dr. Wang's research focus covers several interrelated areas: optimal personalized decision recommendations, quantile regression, high-dimensional statistical learning and statistical applications. Most of her work has been driven by applications in different disciplines, including healthcare, economics, engineering and sociology. She is an...

Emeritus Faculty

Kristopher L Arheart, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

karheart@miami.edu

(954) 662-6457
Kristopher L. Arheart, Ed.D., is an Emeritus Associate Professor in the Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Arheart is a collaborative biostatistician who provides statistical expertise for medical research in a variety of...

J. Sunil Rao

Professor Emeritus

jrao@miami.edu

(305) 243-4252
J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the Division of Biostatistics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Rao has served as the Interim Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences and was previously Professor of Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University in...

Voluntary Faculty

Portrait of Deukwoo Kwon

Deukwoo Kwon, Ph.D.

Voluntary Assistant Professor
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences

Primary Appointment: Department of Biostatistics, Mt. Sinai University, New York City


Portrait of Robert Makuch, Ph.D.

Robert Makuch, Ph.D.

Voluntary Full Professor
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences

Primary Appointment: Department of Biostatistics, Yale University


Portrait of Gabriel Odom

Gabriel Odom, Ph.D.

Voluntary Assistant Professor
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences

Primary Appointment: Department of Biostatistics, Florida International University