The National Program on
Complex Data Structures


at the University of Toronto, Medical Science Building
August 14 -17, 2006 -- 9 AM to 5 PM

Director: Paul N Corey
Co-directors: Jamie Stafford and Wendy Lou


Ahmed Hossain
Department of Public Health Sciences (Biostatistics)
University of Toronto, and Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Ahmed Hossain is a PhD Candidate in the department of Public Health Sciences (Biostatistics) at University of Toronto. His research is supported by the Sick-Kids Research Institute. He earned his MSc in Statistics from McMaster University in 2004. His research interests include Gene Expression Analysis; Survival Analysis; Application of Bayesian and Regression Methods in medical research.

Baisong Huang
Baisong Huang received Honour's Bachelor of Science degree from University of Toronto in 2004 (Statistics, Computer Science) and Master of Science degree also from University of Toronto in 2005 (Statistics). Currently, Baisong Huang is a Research Biostatistician in Department of Integrative Biology, Research Institute, Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. He is also a PhD candidate in the Biostatistics Program, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto. His main interests currently are in the area of Clinical Trials, Statistical Computation, Longitudinal Data Analysis, and Human Genetics.

Matthew Kowgier
Ph.D. Student
Research interests:
My current research interests are in cost-effectiveness analysis for clinical trials,including, sample size estimation through a decision theoretic approach; and Bayesian methods for latent class analysis. I am also interested in data mining methods, particularly, unsupervised learning techniques, and the statistical analysis of DNA microarrays.
• M.Sc. Biostatistics. University of Toronto, 2005
• B.A. Statistics. York University, 2004

Gerald Lebovic
Gerald Lebovic is a second year PhD student in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. He has an undergraduate degree in statistics from York University, Canada and a Masters degree in statistics from the University of Toronto, Canada. His current research interests are longitudinal data, polytomous data, as well as clinical trials.

Sophia Lee
Sophia Lee is a PhD candidate in the Biostatistics Program at University of Toronto’s Department of Public Health Sciences. She is currently under the supervision of Drs. Shelley Bull and Lei Sun. The focus of her thesis concerns the development of a statistical methodology using a random forest of weighted trees to identify complex disease genes in quantitative trait linkage analysis. Her other research interests include multinomial logistic regression with sparse data and data mining methods. Sophia Lee received her BSc, BEd, and MA from York University. She presently holds a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) doctoral fellowship.

Lucia Mirea
Lucia Mirea is a PhD student in Biostatistics, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto, working under the supervision of Dr. James Stafford and Dr. Shelley Bull. Her thesis research is to develop statistical methods for family-based genetic association analyses using longitudinal trait measurements that consider the interplay between genetic and environmental factors through time. Additional research interests include design approaches (one, two or multi-stage) and analytic strategies (single SNPs, haplotypes, multiple testing) for genome-wide genetic association studies. Lucia Mirea received her BSc., BEd from Queen's University, MSc from University of Toronto and presently holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award.
Hadas Moshonov
Hadas Moshonov is a PhD candidate in the department of Statistics at the University of Toronto. She received her B.A in statistics from University of Haifa in Israel. Her PhD thesis research is about model checking and methods for assessing model adequacy with main focus on Bayesian models.
Wei Wu
Master Student in the Biostatistics Program at Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto. Research interests: clinical trials and statistical genetics. B.A. Statistics. Queen's University, 2005

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