The University of Calgary Biostatistics Centre

Biostatistics Supervisors

Biostatistics Supervisors

The following consists of a list of Biostatistics graduate student supervisors who have faculty positions in the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics and/or Community Health Sciences, along with their current research interests.


Thierry Chekouo, Mathematics and Statistics

  • Bioinformatics 
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Computational statistics
  • Functional data analysis
  • High dimensional data analysis
  • Imaging-Genetics
  • Integromics 
  • Variable selection
  • Clustering and bi-clustering

Email: thierry.chekouotekou@ucalgary.ca 

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Rob Deardon, Mathematics and Statistics / Community Health Sciences (Adjunct) / Biostatistics Graduate Education Coordinator

  • Infectious disease modeling 
  • Bayesian modelling 
  • Computational statistics 
  • Disease surveillance 
  • Spatial epidemiology 
  • Experimental design  
  • Statistical learning & data science
  • Network meta analysis
  • High dimensional variable selection

Email: robert.deardon@ucalgary.ca 

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Gordon Fick, Community Health Sciences

  • Biostatistics  
  • Health/medical-related biostatistical methodology 

Email: ghfick@ucalgary.ca

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Karen Kopciuk, Math & Stats (Adjunct)

  • Multi-state models 
  • Survival data analysis 
  • Multivariate data analysis 
  • Statistical genetics 
  • Genetic risk 
  • Genetic epidemiology 

Email: kakopciu@ucalgary.ca

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Alexander de Leon, Mathematics and Statistics

  • Pseudo- and composite likelihood methods 
  • Methods for correlated data 
  • Models for discrete and continuous outcomes 
  • Copula models 
  • Assessment of diagnostic tests 
  • Joint/mixed-effects models  

Email: adeleon@ucalgary.ca

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Haocheng Li, Community Health Sciences (Adjunct) / Mathematics and Statistics (Adjunct)

  • Functional data analysis 
  • Longitudinal data analysis 
  • Survival data analysis 
  • Mixed effects models 
  • Composite likelihood 
  • Missing data 
  • Cancer research 

Email:  Haocheng.Li@ucalgary.ca

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Joon Lee, Community Health Sciences

  • Health data science & informatics
  • Big data & data mining
  • Machine learning, predictive analytics & artificial intelligence
  • Personalized health decision support 
  • Data visualization 
  • Health monitoring algorithms & mHealth
  • Natural language processing
  • Intensive care & aging
  • Population health surveillance

Email: joonwu.lee@ucalgary.ca  

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Quan Long, Mathematics and Statistics (Adjunct)

  • Statistical Genetics 
  • Machine Learning 
  • Integration of multi-scale big data 

Email: quan.long@ucalgary.ca

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Xuewen Lu, Mathematics and Statistics

  • Survival data analysis 
  • Nonparametric and semiparametric models 
  • Censored data and missing data analysis 
  • Empirical likelihood 
  • Variable selection and high-dimensional data analysis 
  • Econometrics 
  • Predictive microbiology 

Email: xlu@ucalgary.ca

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Alberto Nettel-Aguirre, Community Health Sciences

  • Applications of biostatistics  
  • Statistical learning  
  • Data mining  
  • Social network analysis  
  • Health research 
  • Shape analysis  

Email: alberto.nettel-aguirre@albertahealthservices.ca

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Tolulope Sajobi, Community Health Sciences

  • Classification models for prediction in multivariate repeated measures data 
  • Multivariate longitudinal data 
  • Statistical methods for quality of life and behavioral outcomes 
  • Variable importance methods for multivariate outcomes data 
  • Multiple testing methods in clinical trials 
  • Robust statistics 

Email: ttsajobi@ucalgary.ca

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Hua Shen, Mathematics and Statistics

  • Analysis of recurrent events 
  • Longitudinal data analysis 
  • Incomplete and missing data 
  • Latent variables 
  • Survival analysis 
  • Mixture models 
  • Causal inference 
  • Statistical learning 
  • Statistical consulting 
  • Generalized linear models 

Email: hua.shen@ucalgary.ca

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Tyler Williamson, Community Health Sciences

  • Generalized linear models with non-canonical link functions 
  • Correlated binary data 
  • Statistics for Epidemiology 
  • Big Data Analytics 
  • Methods for electronic medical record data 

Email: tyler.williamson@ucalgary.ca

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Jingjing Wu, Mathematics and Statistics

  • Inferences for semiparametric and nonparametric models 
  • Minimum distance estimations 
  • Asymptotic efficiency and robustness 
  • Mixture models 
  • Variable selection and classification for high-dimensional data 
  • Case-control studies 
  • Survival data analysis 
  • Genetic studies 

Email: jinwu@ucalgary.ca

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Ying Yan, Mathematics and Statistics (Adjunct)

  • Causal inference
  • Machine learning
  • Measurement error and missing data
  • Functional data analysis
  • High dimensional data analysis
  • Survival and event history analysis
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Epidemiology
  • Precision medicine
  • Statistical genetics

Email: ying.yan@ucalgary.ca

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For more information, please contact: Executive Committee members: Herman Barkema (barkema@ucalgary.ca) , Rob Deardon (robert.deardon@ucalgary.ca), Tyler Williamson (tyler.williamson@ucalgary.ca) or Karen Kopciuk (kakopciu@ucalgary.ca)