Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Biostatistics Staff

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Meet the Staff

Isildinha M. Reis, Dr Ph., Research Associate Professor

Dr. Reis joined the University of Miami and Sylvester Biostatistics in 1999. Dr. Reis served as director of the Biostatistics Division of the Sylvester Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource from 2012 to 2015. Dr. Reis earned a master’s degree in statistics in 1989 from the University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, a master’s degree in Public Health in 1991 from the University of São Paulo, and a doctoral degree, Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Biostatistics, in 1996 from the University of California at Los Angeles, School of Public Health. Dr. Reis began her career as a statistician in 1981 in a pharmaceutical company in São Paulo, Brazil, and then held a faculty position in the Biostatistics Division of the School of Public Health at the University of São Paulo for 13 years. At the Cancer Center, Dr. Reis has served as a member of several research teams evaluating novel cancer treatments, biomarkers, and consequences of treatment such as short- or long-term cancer treatment-related side effects, risk of recurrence and metastasis, and death. Dr. Reis’ areas of special interest include novel approaches to statistical design and analysis of phase I and phase II oncology clinical trials, survival analysis methodology, competing risk analysis, repeated measures analysis, and statistical modelling (e.g.: regression analysis, ROC analysis, recursive partitioning analysis including multivariate adaptive regression splines (MARS)). Dr. Reis is a member of Sylvester’s Data and Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC), an alternative member of the Protocol Review Committee, and is an affiliate-member of the Biobehavioral Oncology and Cancer Epidemiology (BOCE) and of the Viral Oncology (VO) research programs of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Tulay Koru-Sengul, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor

Dr. Koru-Sengul joined the University of Miami and Sylvester Biostatistics in 2008 with appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. Dr. Koru-Sengul earned her master’s degree in biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University, and both master’s and doctoral degrees in statistics from University of Pittsburgh. She held faculty appointments at the State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Saskatchewan and McMaster University in Canada.
Dr. Koru-Sengul was the director of the Statistical Consulting Laboratory in the Department of Biostatistics at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Research Scientist at Saskatchewan Health Quality Council, and a Faculty Biostatistician in the Clinical Trials Methodology Group at Ontario Clinical Oncology Group in Canada.
Her primary research interests lie in the development and application of statistical methods for biological responses that vary in time and occasion, with particular emphasis on the analysis of longitudinal responses in the presence of missing data and joint modeling of longitudinal responses and event process. Dr. Koru-Sengul has been appointed a member of Sylvester’s Protocol Review Committee (PRC).

Deukwoo Kwon, Ph.D., Associate Scientist

Dr. Kwon earned a Ph.D. in statistics from Texas A&M University in 2005 and worked at the National Cancer Institute for six years. Dr. Kwon worked on radiation exposure assessment, uncertainty analysis, and measurement error models in dose-response relation at NCI. He joined Sylvester BBSR in October 2011. His research interests are high-dimensional data analysis, genetic association study, proteomics data analysis, advanced Bayesian computational techniques, non-inferiority tests, and joint modeling of longitudinal and time-to-event data.

Wei Zhao, M.D., M.S., Senior Research Associate 3

Ms. Zhao, who holds a MD degree from Wuhan Medical School as well as master’s degrees in both computer information systems and in applied statistics from the University of Miami, joined Sylvester BBSR in 2008.
After beginning her career in clinical and basic medical research, she worked for the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Miami for 7 years as a biostatistician and data manager collaborating with research faculty members on study design, questionnaires generation, database design, management and statistical analyses resulting in many publications. Ms. Zhao’s areas of special interest include phase I and II clinical trial design, survival and toxicity analysis, categorical data and longitudinal data analysis of oncology clinical trial and cancer epidemiology study

Feng Miao, M.S., Senior Research Associate, part time

Mr. Miao, who holds a master’s degree in statistics from Florida International University, joined the Sylvester BBSR Core in 2009. He also continues to support Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, where he has worked as a biostatistician since 2007 in data collection, questionnaire design, database management, statistical analysis and report.
Mr. Miao’s areas of interest included in the effective data management and analysis of clinical research data, such as logistic regression, survival analysis, and longitudinal data analysis.

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