Current PhD Students

Xiaoxuan Cai

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Year started: 2015

E-mail: xiaoxuan.cai@yale.edu

I am currently working on causal inference, especially in network analysis.


Ming Chen

Ming Chen

Year started: 2016

E-mail: ming.chen.mc2792@yale.edu


Victoria Chen

Year started: 2014

E-mail: victoria.chen@yale.edu


Michelle DeVeaux

Year started: 2012

E-mail: michelle.deveaux@yale.edu

I am primarily interested in innovative clinical trial designs for cancer therapies including adaptive designs. Another area of my focus involves methods to identify predictive biomarkers and subsets of patients sensitive to targeted therapies.


Yiming Hu

Yiming Hu

Year started: 2013

E-mail: yiming.hu@yale.edu

Yiming is a doctoral student in Department of Biostatistics, Yale School of Public Health. He is now working with Dr. Hongyu Zhao on statistical genetics. His research focuses on genetic risk prediction of human complex diseases, application and development of genomic functional annotations and network-based methods. He is also interested in machine/deep learning approaches and their application in biomedical studies. 

Selected publications:

  • Hu, Y. Lu, Q., Powles, R., Yao, X., Yang, C., Fang, F., Xu, X. and Zhao, H. (2016) Leveraging Functional Annotations in Genetic Risk Prediction for Human Complex Diseases, submitted 
  • Hu, Y. and Zhao, H. (2016) CCor: A whole genome network-based similarity measure between two genes. Biometrics

Mo Li

Mo Li

Year started: 2015

E-mail: mo.li@yale.edu


Xinyue Li

Year started: 2014

E-mail: Xinyue.li@yale.edu

Inference of Genetic Similarity between Tissues from RNA-seq Data (2014)


Yiyi Liu

Year started: 2013

E-mail: yiyi.liu@yale.edu

Yiyi has a strong interest in developing novel statistical methods to explore and solve scientific problems in biology and health/medicine, including detecting drug mechanisms, bridging disease phenotypes and genetic variations as well as modeling biological networks.


Nisheet Nautiyal

Year started: 2013

E-mail: nisheet.nautiyal@yale.edu


Jessica Rothman

Jessica Rothman

Year started: 2017

E-mail: jessica.rothman@yale.edu

I am interested in the mathematical modeling of infectious diseases. Using spatial statistical techniques to incorporate big data such as weather and climate, geographical features like proximity to water, and human travel patterns, I hope to better predict the spread and virulence of disease outbreaks as well as how to best utilize resources to prevent and/or minimize impact. The goals of my research and career are to develop mathematical models that accurately predict infection rates and the spread of diseases so that prevention and treatment efforts can be more focused, effective, and reduce morbidity and mortality.

Selected publications: 

Website: LinkedIn

Kyaw J. Sint

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Year started: 2012

E-mail: kyaw.sint@yale.edu

Latent class mediation analysis and missing data in a multicenter schizophrenia trial

Website: http://ksint.com/


Jinghao Sun

Jinghao Sun

Year started: 2017

E-mail: jinghao.sun@yale.edu

High-dimensional Statistics, Graphical Models, Networks, Deep Learning

Website: LinkedIn 


Daiwei Tang

Year started: 2016

E-mail: daiwei.tang@yale.edu

I am currently a newly enrolled PhD candidate, my past research experience has covered multiple myeloma genomic data analysis, methylation/expression data modeling and Hi-C data analysis. I am also interested in topics including GWAS data analysis, fMRI imaging processing, etc.


Xiaochen Wang

Year started: 2014

E-mail: xiaochen.wang@yale.edu


Weimiao Wu

Year started: 2016

E-mail: weimiao.wu@yale.edu

Statistical genetics, statistical modeling, stochastic process 

Selected publications:

  • Wu, W., Feng, S., Wang, Y., Wang, N., Hao, H., & Wu, R. (2014). Systems mapping of genes controlling chemotherapeutic drug efficiency for cancer stem cells. Drug discovery today, 19(8), 1125-1130. 
  • Sui, Y., Wu, W., Wang, Z., Wang, J., Wang, Z., & Wu, R. (2014). A casecontrol design for testing and estimating epigenetic effects on complex diseases. Briefings in bioinformatics, 15(2), 319-326.

Yaqing Xu

Yaqing Xu

Year started: 2016

E-mail: yaqing.xu@yale.edu

Gene–environment interaction

Websitewww.linkedin.com/in/yaqingxu


Huangdi Yi

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Year started: 2016

E-mail: huangdi.yi@yale.edu

Network methodologies for analysis of diseases and large scale genome wide studies.

Website: linkedin.com/in/huangdi-denise-yi-89610665


Li Zeng

Year started: 2013

E-mail: li.zeng@yale.edu

Network, stochastic process, statistical genetics