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Department of Biostatistics: People

James Boyett

James Boyett, PhD
Member, St. Jude Faculty
Endowed Chair, Department of Biostatistics
Director, Biostatistics Shared Resource for the St. Jude Cancer Center
Executive Director, Operations and Biostatistics Center, Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium
james.boyett@stjude.org

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Qi An, MS

Qi An, MS
Biostatistician
qi.an@stjude.org

I joined the Department of Biostatistics at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in August 2010. As a biostatistician, I am privileged to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with researchers in different areas, including acute lymphocytic leukemia, pathology, and bioinformatics, to provide statistical services in hypothesis testing, data analysis, report generation, interpretation and explanation of research findings, as well as participating in the writing of protocols and manuscripts.

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Suhanya Anbanandam, MS, MSBA (MIS)

Suhanya Anbanandam, MS, MSBA (MIS)
Software and Systems Analyst
Suhanya.Anbanandam@STJUDE.ORG

I became a part of St. Jude family in May 2012. My responsibilities include planning, designing, development and maintenance of software applications that support the mission of the Department of Biostatistics. I also perform other related duties in order to meet the goals and objectives of the biostatistics team.

Velvet Banks, BSBA

Velvet Banks, BSBA, MBA
Administrative Specialist
velvet.banks@stjude.org

I have been at St. Jude since September 2000. My role is to coordinate and provide administrative support to the Department of Biostatistics. I am also involved in the coordination of activities related to protocol and concept development for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium.

Catherine A. Billups

Catherine A. Billups, MS
Lead Senior Biostatistician
catherine.billups@stjude.org

I joined the Department of Biostatistics at St. Jude in September of 1996. I have been an active collaborator with researchers in various departments and programs at St. Jude, including the Developmental Therapeutics for Solid Malignancies (DTSM) Program of the Cancer Center, Molecular Pharmacology, Surgery, and Hodgkin disease. I also serve as a biostatistician for the Pediatric Preclinical Testing Program (PPTP), an NCI-supported initiative to screen and identify novel therapeutic agents with activity against childhood cancer in solid tumor and leukemia xenograft models. Prior to joining St. Jude, I worked for The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit environmental conservation organization, as a stewardship assistant and as a data manager.

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Xueyuan Cao, MS PhD

Xueyuan Cao, MS, PhD
Biostatistician
xueyuan.cao@stjude.org

I have a broad research background in Genetics, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, and Statistics. As a trained molecular biologist, I successfully carried out a few biological projects. As a statistician, I was trained to study the genomic features in whole genomic level as well as analyze traditional biological or clinical data. Since I joined St Jude, I have collaborated with a number of investigators to perform GWA studies and clinical data analyses. My background in biology and statistics allowed me to fulfill the collaboration successfully and efficiently.

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Emily Carps, MBA

Emily Carps, MBA
Protocol Coordinator
emily.carps@stjude.org

I joined St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in 2009 as a Protocol Coordinator in the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium, after having previously worked in neuroanatomy laboratory research and spine clinical research. My responsibilities here include writing and developing protocols, and working with clinical study coordination and monitoring of Phase I and Phase II pharmaceutical trials for CNS tumors.

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April Coan, MPH

April Coan, MPH
Biostatistician
April.Coan@STJUDE.ORG

I joined the Department of Biostatistics at St. Jude in May 2012 as a Biostatistician. Currently I collaborate with investigators from various groups, including Nursing Research, Palliative Medicine and End of Life Care, Clinical Nutrition, Diagnostic Imaging, and Translational Imaging Research. I have a special interest in patient reported outcome measures (i.e. QoL, HRQoL, Symptoms, etc.) and I hope to gain more experience in this area in my career at St. Jude.

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Daqi Dong

Daqi Dong
Graduate Student / Intern
Daqi.Dong@STJUDE.ORG

I joined the Department of Biostatistics in September 2013. I work under supervision of Dr. Negatu on development/maintenance of data collection, instruments, databases and programming.

Vivek Shandilya

Vivek Shandilya
Graduate Student / Intern
Vivek.Shandilya@stjude.org

I joined the department a computer science intern in February 2014. As member of the Computing team, I assist in the maintenance of computing infrastructure and development and maintenance of software libraries and applications. I am interested in implementing parallel processing algorithms on GPU based system to handle efficiently large amount of data processing. My research interest is broadly in optimization and security of stochastic systems. In particular, I apply game theory, information theory and Bayesian learning to address cyber security problems. I am doing numerical simulations to validate my mathematical models.

Shay E Fisher, BA

Shay E. Fisher, BA
Coordinator - Grants & Contracts
Shay.Fisher@STJUDE.ORG

Coordinate grants and contracts for Biostatistics.

Shujie Han

Shujie Han, MD, PhD
Protocol Coordinator
shujie.han@STJUDE.ORG

I am really honored to join the enthusiastic team of Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium and contribute to St. Jude mission. My sound medical knowledge and systemic training in all phases of clinical trials make me confident to shoulder the responsibilities of protocol coordinator. Working together, we will make breakthrough in discovering novel treatment for pediatric cancer.

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Jie Huang, M.S.

Jie Huang, MS
Statistical Analyst
jie.huang@stjude.org

Working at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a rewarding opportunity. It allows me to fully utilize both my rigorous training in Statistics and working experience in biomedical research. At St. Jude, I collaborate with clinical research investigators from various groups, including Infectious Diseases, Radiology and Brain Tumor, helping them to draw valid statistical conclusions from clinical discoveries.

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Lu Huang, MS

Lu Huang, MS
Statistical Analyst
lu.huang@STJUDE.ORG

I have been working at St Jude since April 2013. The primary research area that I’m working in is Psychology.

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Qinlei Huang, MS

Qinlei Huang, MS
Statistical Analyst
qinlei.huang@stjude.org

I've been at St. Jude since January 2009. My primary work focuses on Psychology and Epidemiology & Cancer Control.

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Jung W Hyun, PhD

Jung W Hyun, PhD
Post Doc
jung.hyun@stjude.org

I joined the Department of Biostatistics at St. Jude in July 2012. I collaborate with investigators in the Diagnostic Imaging group under the supervision of Dr. Pounds.

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Regina Johnson

Regina Johnson
Sr. Administrative Asst.
regina.johnson@stjude.org

I came to St. Jude from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), from the Department of Human Resources, with over 20 years of service in Administration. During my employment at UTHSC I served on the Employee Relation Committee, Grievance Committee, chaired and coordinated Employee Appreciation Picnic for three year and assisted with coordinated Job Fairs for UTHSC. I was nominated for the Thomas Connell Lichterman Award. This Award is presented annually to a non-exempt employee who demonstrates the high standards and positive characteristics. Upon retiring from UTHSC, April, 2006, I joined St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the Department of Biostatistics, May 8, 2006. In the Department of Biostatistics I provide administrative support for faculty and staff. I organize several meetings in Biostatistics: Biostatistics Journal Club, Protocol Review Committee, Statistical Review Seminar and Oncolology-Biostatistics Journal Club. In addition to organizing meetings, I am a member of the Biostatistics Library Committee, providing support in updating the Biostat Library online system. I am responsible for maintaining the Department Calendar and Intranet Directory for Biostatistics. Since being in the Department of Biostatistics I have also implemented events to promote camaraderie in Biostatistics while serving on the Social Committee and Administrative Staff Committee: Redbird Game Outing for the Department, Tail Gate Potluck Luncheon, Years of Service Recognition Luncheons for Biostat Dept, Biostatistics Cook-off Contests (Administrative Committee), Organized and Compiled Biostatistics International Cookbook.

Faina Kaznachey, MS

Faina Kaznachey, MS
Administrator, PBTC Fiscal Affairs
faina.kaznachey@stjude.org

50 years of experience in administrative & financial fields, more than 18 years at St. Jude, started as a temporary employee. I am currently responsible for managing all fiscal aspects of the PBTC grant, associated subcontracts for sites and the NIC, agreements for biology/PK laboratories, industry contracts supporting PBTC trials, coordinating all approved intramural and extramural requests for travel funded by the PBTC grant including receiving and confirming that documentation of expenditures are consistent with SJCRH and PBTC travel policies. I manage financial processes and budgetary planning for the PBTC grant, monitor and track funds supporting the PBTC from federal and nonfederal agencies for various restricted accounts.

Derrick King, MSIS

Derrick King, MSIS
Systems Engineer
derrick.king@stjude.org

I joined St. Jude in November 2011. My job responsibilities include hardware and software maintenance and support for both the Department of Biostatistics and Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC).

Chenghong Li

Chenghong Li, MS, PhD
Senior Biostatistician
chenghong.li@stjude.org

Recently promoted to Senior Biostatistician, Chenghong has been working in St. Jude's Biostatistics Department since June 2002. As a result of her diligent work, she has been listed as a co-author on over two dozen papers. Benefiting from rigorous education in multi-disciplinary areas and rewarding working experience at St. Jude, she considers it a privilege and joy to be contributing her best to St. Jude's outstanding work of finding cures and saving children.

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Shayoui Li, PhD

Shayoui Li, PhD
Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty
shayoui.li@stjude.org

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Xingyu Li, MS

Xingyu Li, MS
Statistical Analyst
xingyu.li@STJUDE.ORG

I have been at St. Jude since September 2013. My work has been focused on studies of diagnostic imaging, translational imaging research and nuclear medicine.

Tong Lin, MS, PhD

Tong Lin, MS, PhD
Statistical Analyst
tong.lin@stjude.org

I joined the Department of Biostatistics at St. Jude in September 2011 after graduating from University of Florida. My work here focuses on deciphering the genetic/genomic abnormalities in central nervous system (CNS) tumors by statistical tools. I also participate in early phase clinical trials aiming to develop new agents targeting CNS tumors.

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Wei Liu, MS/PhD

Wei Liu, MS, PhD
Lead Senior Biostatistician
wei.liu@stjude.org

My training is in Statistics, Molecular and Quantitative Genetics, Genomics and Immunology. I have worked on a range of dynamic projects during the past 8 years at St. Jude. My research activities have been in research and data analyses for scientific discoveries in the areas of Leukemia, Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacogenetics / Genomics, Pathology, Immunology, and Epidemiology. Computer software SAS, along with R, Splus, among others are my friends in my day-to-day work.

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Zhifa Liu, MS

Zhifa Liu, MS
Statistical Analyst
zhifa.liu@STJUDE.ORG

I have been at St. Jude since Oct 2012. My work has focused on Pediatric Cancer Project with genomic data analysis such as genetic association studies, copy number variation analysis.

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Shengcheng Luo, MS

Shengcheng Luo, MS
Software & Systems Developer
Shengcheng.Luo@STJUDE.ORG

I Joined St. Jude in November 2012. My job is to provide the planning, implementation, testing, and documentation of software applications that support the mission of the Department of Biostatistics. I am also responsible for coordinating application projects, interpreting statistical methodology into codes, assisting in the evaluation of new methods and technologies, and other duties as assigned or directed in order to meet the goals and objectives of the department.

Shenghua Mao, MS, PhD

Shenghua Mao, MS, PhD
Biostatistician
Shenghua.Mao@STJUDE.ORG

I have been at St. Jude since May 2012. My work has focused on studies of children with solid malignancies/solid tumor. In addition, I work on clinical surgery studies.

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Aregahegn S. Negatu, PhD

Aregahegn S. Negatu, PhD
Director of Computing
aregahegn.negatu@stjude.org

I joined St. Jude in September 2011. As Director – Biostatistics Computing, my job responsibilities include: directing the technical strategy and the design, development, implementation, & maintenance of the information technology infrastructure; development and implementation of system security policies & procedures; management of the computing staff of the Department; serving as a key contact in the intramural and extramural IT related communications of the Department; perform research, planning, coordination and other IT management activities towards the deployment of cutting-edge computing and data center environment that provide effective support for the research and service needs of the Department of Biostatistics, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC), and other departmental projects.

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Kalyan Sajja

Kalyan Sajja
Software and Systems Analyst
Kalyan.Sajja@stjude.org

I joined the Department of Biostatistics at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in March 2014 as a Software and System Analyst. I bring along with me years of experience in Agile methodologies, Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Software Testing. My responsibilities as Software and System Analyst include planning, design, implementation, maintenance and testing of web-based and standalone software applications. Applications developed help the protocol coordinators, faculty members, biostatisticians and administrative staff in achieving goals and objectives of Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC).

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Iwona Pawlikowska, PhD

Iwona Pawlikowska, PhD
Post Doc
Iwona.Pawlikowska@stjude.org

I joined the Department of Biostatistics in July 2012. I work under supervision of Dr. Pounds on genomic projects involving brain tumor data. I feel honored to work in St Jude where cancer research improves childrens' lifes.

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Deqing Pei, MS

Deqing Pei, MS
Lead Senior Biostatistician
deqing.Pei@stjude.org

I joined the department of biostatistics at St.Jude in 2001 after graduating from Iowa State University. I am so grateful that my journey at St. Jude has helped me grow both personally and professionally with support from the wonderful team leaders and the great team members whom I can always count on. I love working at St. Jude, which helps me to see a direct connection between my number-crunching career and the life-saving work at St. Jude. It makes me feel special and privileged to be involved in childhood cancer research to save more children. My ability to fulfill my job responsibilities has been improved through collaborative work with many diligent clinicians and scientists who dedicate themselves to finding cures for children with cancers and other catastrophic diseases.

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Stacye Richardson, MSHS, BSMT

Stacye Richardson, MSHS, BSMT
Protocol Coordinator - PBTC
stacye.richardson@stjude.org

I have been at St. Jude since May 1984. My broad background in clinical care is related to my previous positions in the clinical laboratory and as coordinator for the stem cell transplant service. Since joining the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium in June of 2006 my work is focused on the conduct of clinical trials. The responsibilities of our office are related to the oversight of Phase I and II clinical trials. Specifically we ensure compliance with all applicable federal guidelines, monitor the data for our trials, assist Physician-Investigators in the development of protocols for new investigative agents, provide training and support for the CRAs and Physician Investigators at our member sites. My clinical experience and graduate work have afforded me the skills required to understand and apply human subjects protection guidelines within the context of the clinical research organization and active clinical trials.

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Lei Shi, MS, PhD

Lei Shi, MS, PhD
Statistical Analyst
lei.shi@stjude.org

I received my Master of Science in Applied statistics and Ph.D in Integrative Bioscience in Pennsylvania State University. I am currently a statistical analyst in Department of Biostatistics. I work on clinical trial data and microarray data. Using the statistical methods developed in department I perform statistical analysis and generate statistical report.

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Matthew P. Smeltzer, MSTAT

Matthew P. Smeltzer, MSTAT
Senior Biostatistician
matthew.smeltzer@stjude.org

I have been at St. Jude since January 2004. My work here has been both challenging and rewarding. During my time here, I have worked with colleagues in many areas of the hospital and now focus most of my time on Hematology and the Sickle Cell Center.

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Anusha Sunkara, MS

Anusha Sunkara, MS
Statistical Analyst
Anusha.Sunkara@STJUDE.ORG

I have been working in St Jude since 2011. I gained tremendous experience working in different areas including bone marrow transplantation & cellular therapy, biochemistry, solid malignancy and critical care by providing data analysis, statistical reports, interpretation and explanation of research findings, as well as writing the statistical section for manuscripts. It is an honorable job and my journey at St Jude is very exciting and it is a great learning experience. I apply all my credentials and skills to finish this rewarding challenging opportunity.

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Yilun Sun, MS

Yilun Sun, MS
Statistical Analyst
Yilun.Sun@STJUDE.ORG

I joined the Department of Biostatistics at St. Jude in November 2012. I work with the faculty biostatistician on multiple projects to provide consultational programming and data management service. My current work has focused on Infectious Diseases and Microbiology studies.

Wint M. Swe, MBA

Wint M. Swe, MBA
Protocol Coordinator - PBTC
Wint.Swe@STJUDE.ORG

I joined St. Jude in March 2013. Prior to joining St. Jude, I conducted the multi-center clinical trials of Renal Transplant Research. My diverse background and experiences in clinical research provide me with the unique perspective and skills required for the Protocol Coordinator in PBTC. My responsibilities include protocol development, data monitoring and management, oversight of Phase I and Phase II clinical trials for the PBTC. I am honored to be part of PBTC team at St. Jude.

Tammy E. Vaughn

Tammy E. Vaughn
Senior Administrative Assistant
tammy.vaughn@stjude.org

I joined the St. Jude family October 26, 2009. I provide administrative support to faculty of the Department of Biostatistics. I am the administrative coordinator for faculty recruitment, seminar speakers and the Data Safety Monitoring board. Before joining the St. Jude family, I spent 14 years at University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Prasanna K Velamuru

Prasanna K Velamuru, MS
Software & Systems Developer
prasanna.velamuru@stjude.org

Prasanna has been with St. Jude since 2005. He is primarily involved with design, implementation and maintenance of web-based and standalone software applications to support the mission of Dept. of Biostatistics and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC).

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Donna R. Williams, MBA

Donna R. Williams, MBA
Administrative Director
donnar.williams@stjude.org

I joined St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in April 2004. My role encompasses the management of administrative and financial activities of the department. Also serve as liaison for the department with the Administration of the institution. Before joining St. Jude, I was at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for 16+ years. There, my role involved grant reporting, budgeting, administration and management. I am a native Memphian and enjoy that we are a city that really experiences the four seasons.

Bryan Winter, BBA

Bryan Winter, BBA
Graduate Student - Statistician
bryan.winter@stjude.org

I have had the opportunity to serve St. Jude as a biostatistics graduate intern since October 2012. I assist faculty and biostatisticians in data analysis and reporting for various clinical studies and research areas. My current areas of collaboration include Diagnostic Imaging, Hematology, and Psychology.

Huiyun (William) Wu

Huiyun (William) Wu, PhD, MS
Senior Biostatistician
huiyun.wu@stjude.org

I joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on September 3, 2013. My work has focused on studies of children with solid tumors. My major responsibilities include (1) advising clinical and laboratory investigators on statistical methods for the conduct and analysis of the research studies, (2) providing support of the statistical analysis of research studies to ensure the data quality, (3) assisting in the statistical analysis of research studies by use of appropriate and advanced statistical methods and software, and (4) communicating with investigators to explain the methodology, interpret the analysis results, and prepare the statistical section of manuscripts.

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Shengjie Wu

Shengjie Wu, MS
Lead Senior Biostatistician
shengjie.wu@stjude.org

My main work is to collaborate with investigators in the areas of radiation oncology and psychology. My interest is to interpret data using statistical tools.

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Nan Zhang, M.S.

Nan Zhang, MS
Statistical Analyst
nan.zhang@stjude.org

I joined the Department of Biostatistics at St. Jude in July 2010. I am currently working on cancer survivors' studies under the supervision of Dr. Kumar in the Cancer Prevention & Control group. I worked as a research assistant at University of Minnesota on Harvard Study of Moods and Cycles about women's first onset of depression at their late reproductive years and also on AIDS treatment related clinical trials.

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Yinmei Zhou

Yinmei Zhou, MS
Lead Senior Biostatistician
yinmei.zhou@stjude.org

I collaborate with investigators in the areas of acute lymphocytic leukemia(ALL), non-Hodgkin's lymphoma(NHL) , and pharmaceutical science. I am involved in statistical analysis, interpreting and presenting data and analysis results, and protocol design.

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