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COVID vaccines effective against Omicron, say UF biostatisticians

University of Florida biostatisticians conclude in a recent paper that current COVID vaccines are effective against severe infection and disease from the Omicron viral variant. In the new work, the researchers made a series of estimates of vaccine efficacy. This describes how effective a vaccine is at preventing infection and disease.


Jason Brant, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor in the department of biostatistics in the UF College of Public Health & Health Professions. He is a member of the Cancer Center’s Mechanisms of Oncogenesis research program. His research interests are focused on the role of DNA methylation and chromatin structure…

Biostatistician Peihua Qiu named 2022 AAAS Fellow

The American Association for the Advancement of Science announced today that Dr. Peihua Qiu, dean’s professor and founding chair of the PHHP department of biostatistics, has been named a 2022 AAAS Fellow. AAAS Fellow status is one of the highest honors granted to scientists.

Dr. Wu receives first annual Mark C. K. Yang Mentor Award

Biostatistics professor Dr. Samuel Wu is the first recipient of the Mark C. K. Yang Mentor Award. The award is presented to a faculty member of the Biostatistics or Statistics departments, alternating annually between these departments, in recognition of excellence as a mentor of graduate students and/or junior faculty…

Zhigang Li appointed chair of ICSA Awards Committee

Dr. Zhigang Li was recently appointed as the new Chair of the Awards Committee for the International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA). Dr. Li’s tenure for this new appointment began on September 21, 2022. ICSA is a non-profit organization with over 1,000 active members operated for educational, charitable, and scientific…

Susmita Datta serves as plenary presenter

Dr. Susmita Datta was invited by the Marshall University Mathematics Department to give a plenary presentation October 14 at the 4th International Conference on Statistical Distributions and Applications (ICOSDA), held in Huntington, West Virginia. The title of Dr. Datta’s talk was “Statistical Analysis of single cell RNA sequencing…