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Daifeng Wang, PhD, joins BMI

We are delighted to welcome Assistant Professor Daifeng Wang to BMI. Daifeng joins us as part of the Functional Genetics/Genomics of Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative Diseases cluster, led by Professor Qiang Chang, Director of the Waisman Center.

Daifeng moved here with his family, including his wife (an assistant scientist at the Waisman center) and young child, from Stony Brook University, where he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. His research interests include computational systems biology, functional and cognitive genomics, and machine learning for understanding the molecular mechanisms in human aging and brain disorders.

Learn more about Daifeng's research here: https://daifengwanglab.org/.

Dr. Zhaobin Kuang Named Finalist in AMIA Dissertation Competition

Congratulations to Dr. Zhaobin Kuang, who did his dissertation work with Dr. David Page, for being named a top finalist in the 2019 AMIA Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition. This is a high honor for Zhaobin, since each institution is allowed to submit only 1 nomination. After competing within UW-Madison to be named as the nominee for the award, Zhaobin's was named one of the top 5 of the 18 submitted to the competition.

Well done to both David and Zhaobin!

Menggang Yu authors one of top downloaded papers in Biometrics in 2017-2018

Congratulations to Professor Menggang Yu for publishing one of the most downloaded papers in Biometrics, the Journal of the International Biometric Society, between January 2017 and December 2018.

His paper, titled "A general statistical framework for subgroup identification and comparative treatment scoring" is one of the top-20 most downloaded articles in the 12 months after its online publication. The communication from Biometrics states "Your work generated immediate impact and visibility, contributing significantly to the advancement of your field.

Congratulations to Menggang!

Assoc Prof Sushmita Roy - understanding reprogramming checkpoints using scRNA-seq and computational methods

BMI Associate Professor Sushmita Roy has been collaborating with Assistant Professor Rupa Sridharan (Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery) to better understand the reprogramming checkpoints that occur as differentiated cells become pluripotent cells, and how they might improve that process to make it faster and more efficient. Their paper, published on May 7, 2019 in Cell Reports, describes the how they used epigenomic modifiers, signaling molecules, and computational methods to pinpoint what happens in individual cells during the reprogramming process. The team combined single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) of the cell transcriptome with computational algorithms to gain a high-resolution view of the gene regulatory networks at play at the single cell level during reprogramming events.

Assoc Prof Sushmita Roy - understanding reprogramming checkpoints using scRNA-seq and computational methods

BMI Associate Professor Sushmita Roy has been collaborating with Assistant Professor Rupa Sridharan (Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery) to better understand the reprogramming checkpoints that occur as differentiated cells become pluripotent cells, and how they might improve that process to make it faster and more efficient. Their paper, published on May 7, 2019 in Cell Reports, describes the how they used epigenomic modifiers, signaling molecules, and computational methods to pinpoint what happens in individual cells during the reprogramming process. The team combined single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) of the cell transcriptome with computational algorithms to gain a high-resolution view of the gene regulatory networks at play at the single cell level during reprogramming events.

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 Graduates!

We wish to congratulate all of the students graduating with their Masters and Doctoral degrees this spring. All of the students listed below have completed the requirements for their degrees. We wish them the best of luck in their next endeavors!

PhD Degree Recipients
Fred Boehm, PhD in Statistics - co-advisors Professor Karl Broman and Professor Brian Yandell
Sid Kiblawi, PhD in Computer Science - advisor Professor Mark Craven
Ross Kleiman, PhD in Computer Science - advisor Professor David Page
Yifeng Liu, PhD in Statistics - advisor Professor Menggang Yu
Christine McWilliams, PhD in Epidemiology - co-advisors Professor Ron Gangnon and Associate Professor Paul Peppard
Ting Ye, PhD in Statistics - advisor Professor Menggang Yu
Yanyao Yi, PhD in Statistics - advisor Professor Menggang Yu and Professor Jun Shao

MS Degree Recipients
Courtney Blomme, MS in Population Health - advisor Professor Ron Gangnon
Jon Ide, MS in Biomedical Data Science - advisor Associate Professor Sushmita Roy
Viswesh Periyasamy, MS in Computer Science (thesis option) - advisor Associate Professor Sushmita Roy
Lin Qi, MS in Biomedical Data Science - advisor Assistant Professor Irene Ong. Lin will continue in the Biomedical Data Science PhD Program
Yunyang Xiong, MS in Biomedical Data Science - advisor Professor Vikas Singh. Yunyang will continue in the Computer Science PhD Program

Bob Bailey leaving for Colorado

We are sad to announce that Bob Bailey's last day in the department is today, Friday, May 3. He and his spouse are moving to Colorado, where she just landed her dream job.

We wish both of them the best of luck with their futures and will miss Bob's professionalism, expertise, and kindness.

Please wish Bob the best on his future endeavors.

Cathy Goelzer returns to BMI

We are delighted that Cathy Goelzer has chosen to return to the department as a program manager. She will be working at MSC and providing cradle-to-grave research administration support to faculty and research staff. She will be in the office full time beginning June 1.

Please stop by and welcome Cathy!

Molly Mitchell and Kaitlin Woo leave for other opportunities

Molly Mitchell, program manager for our Biostatistics research area, and Kaitlin Woo, biostatistician, are both leaving the department to pursue other opportunities. We are sad to lose them, and wish them the absolute best in their new adventures.

Molly is moving to the Wisconsin Center for Education Research in the School of Education at UW-Madison, and Kaitlin is moving to the east coast with her spouse.

Thank you to both Molly and Kaitlin for their contributions to the department.

Bret Hanlon, PhD, joins Statistical Data Analysis Center

Dr. Bret Hanlon joined the Statistical Data Analysis Center as Associate Scientist. He will work with the SDAC scientists and staff to provide arms-length data analysis to the Data Monitoring Committees (DMCs) for pharmaceutical company-funded clinical trials. He will also continue his collaborations with researchers in the Department of Surgery.

Welcome, Bret! We are happy to have you in the department.

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