PhD Candidates

Paige Fisher, Enrollment year: 2014
I received my MS degree in Biostatistics at Drexel University and my BA degree in Mathematics at Queens University of Charlotte. My main research interest is in inference in linear random coefficient models with missing covariates. I enjoy training for and running marathons as well as making my dog Neyman Fisher happy.
Email: pfish1@lsuhsc.edu
Heng-Yuan Tung (Henry), Enrollment year: 2015 
Email: htung@lsuhsc.edu

PhD Students

Wentao Cao, Enrollment year: 2017
I graduated from Hubei University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. In 2015, I joined the MBA program at Mississippi College to extend my education in mathematics in a different context. This program trained me to develop and apply the statistical methods to solve real problems in business. After that, I enrolled in the LSUHSC Biostatistics program in 2017, to pursue statistics in the medical field. Now, I am a PhD student, and my dissertation research is related to Bayesian mediation analysis.
Email: wcao@lsuhsc.edu
Soham Mahato, Enrollment year: 2017
I have completed my BS degree in Statistics at Presidency University, India and my MS degree in Biostatistics at International Institute for Population Sciences, India. After finishing my MS degree, I have worked as a Data Analyst for the MNC back in India for one year before joining the PhD program in LSUHSC since Fall-2017. I am currently working under the direction of Dr. Andrew Chapple. Broadly I am interested in improving the statistical methodology used in clinical trials. To this end, my dissertation research will focus on Bayesian continuous reassessment models for clinical trials. In my free time, I enjoy watching historical documentaries, going on camping, and playing soccer.
Email: smahat@lsuhsc.edu
Qiufan Fu, Enrollment year: 2018
I received my BS degree in Bio-pharmacy from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and my MS degree in Biostatistics from Tulane University. I worked for a Women and Children’s healthcare company for six months after I graduated from Tulane. I was enrolled in the Biostatistics PhD program in 2018 Fall. I passed my qualifying exam in 2019 and I am currently taking additional courses and work as a RA. My RA job is focused on cancer related data analysis, and I am planning to work on genetics for my dissertation. In my spare time I enjoy performing martial arts; I have a black belt in Karate.
Email: qfu@lsuhsc.edu
Indrani Sarkar, Enrollment year: 2018
I have received my Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics from Calcutta University, India and Master of Science degree in Statistics from University of Toledo, Ohio. I joined the Biostatistics program at LSUHSC in 2018. My research involves understanding the effects of SNP and methylation on cancer cells. I love to cook and explore new recipes from across the globe and play with my dogs.
Email: isarka@lsuhsc.edu
Yue Zuo (Ruikun), Enrollment year: 2018
I got my BS degree in Pharmacy with a minor in Computer Science in China. Then I studied at Saint Louis University and got my MPH degree with concentration on Biostatistics. After that, I spent one year at Indiana University in the Bioinformatics program. I enrolled in the LSUHSC Biostatistics PhD program in 2018. I have some basic coding skills on C++, SQL, Python, R and SAS. I’m also familiar with Linux. My research interest is linear models, model selections and statistical learning. I’m a fan of St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues. I would like to watch their matches when I have some free time.
Email: rzuo@lsuhsc.edu
Harun Mazumder, Enrollment year: 2019
I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biostatistics at LSU Health Science Center. Before joining LSUHSC Biostatistics, I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Applied Statistics from the Institute of Statistical Research & Training at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. After completing my Master’s degree, I worked as a Data Scientist in the Bangladesh office of a US based Software Company. My research interests include Bioinformatics methods in Cancer Genomics and Human Microbiome, Clinical Trials and Generalized Linear Models. Apart from my work and academic activities, I love travelling, reading books, listening to music and hanging out with friends and family members.
Email: hmazum@lsuhsc.edu
Dachuan Zhang (Benjamin), Enrollment year: 2019
I earned my Master’s Degree in Applied Statistics from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 2014, after which, I began working as a full-time biostatistician in the Department of Biostatistics at Pennington Biomedical Research Center till now. Since 2019 I started pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the Biostatistics Program in the School of Public Health as a part-time student. I like all the core biostatistics courses being taught in the biostatistics program since they provide a deeper understanding of day-to-day statistical practices and give me the possibilities to implement new methods. I believe that the coursework and studies I do in LSUHSC can help in solving more complex problems often come across in biomedical research. It can also advance my career in contributing to a healthier Louisiana through research in diabetes and obesity. When I am not working, I enjoy relaxing with my family and playing with my son.
Email: dzhan2@lsuhsc.edu
Xiaodan Zhu (Mia), Enrollment year: 2019
Before LSUHSC Biostatistics, I received my BS degree in Mathematics from Sun Yat-sen University in China and my MS degree in Biostatistics from Georgetown University. I worked in a Biomedical research center in the Washington, D.C. area as a research assistant. I enrolled in the Biostatistics PhD program in 2019. My research interests include Bioinfomatics and clinical trials. In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Email: xzhu1@lsuhsc.edu

MS Students

Jessica K. Fox, Enrollment year: 2019
I got my BS in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Tyler. During my last year of college, I took some statistics courses that sparked my interest in the field and eventually led me here in LSUHSC Biostatistics program in 2019. I plan to use the tools that I have learned throughout this program to analyze data in the field of pediatric medicine. In my free time, I enjoy reading a book at my house with my dog and completing puzzles; when I do go out I enjoy going to the movies.
Email: jfox4@lsuhsc.edu
Raven P. Moret, Enrollment year: 2019
I received my BS from Xavier University in Biology and my MS in Biological Sciences from Drexel University. After six years as a Research Scientist for Ochsner Health System I became intrigued in the field of Biostatistics and enrolled in the LSUHSC Biostatistics program in 2019. My research background has primarily focused on Urologic Carcinoma development and treatment. With my degree I plan to build my knowledge on machine learning and various model types to better analyze complex issues most affecting society and develop effective solutions. I love spending time at home with my dog Zoe or enjoying the city with friends, and when I’m feeling particularly adventurous I dabble in photography.
Email: rmoret@lsuhsc.edu
Erick Nguyen, Enrollment year: 2019
I completed my bachelor’s in Public Health at Tulane University. I enrolled at LSUHSC Biostatistics MS program in 2019. During my bachelor’s, I had taken a statistics course as of my core requirements, and I found myself enjoying and excelling in the class. After taking more statistics courses and doing an internship at Eden House New Orleans as an developmental intern, I decided that statistics is what I wanted to do with my life. The concept of taking data and using it to drive change was the really alluring part of statistics for me. During my free time, I enjoy playing the piano, beating my friends at video games, and bothering my younger siblings.
Email: enguy1@lsuhsc.edu
Cornelius L. Rosenbaum, Enrollment year: 2019
I am pursuing a Master of Science in biostatistics at LSUHSC.  In 2014, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Mississippi State University. After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I worked for The Dow Chemical Company for 5 years as an improvement engineer and then a reliability engineer. During my time as a reliability engineer, I discovered my passion for data and statistics. This led me to enroll in the biostatistics program at LSUHSC in 2019 in order to receive formal training in statistics. Currently, I am interested in computational statistics, simulation studies, and statistical / machine learning.  When I am not at school or studying, I enjoy reading, napping with my dog, going to the many concerts New Orleans hosts, and enjoying the city’s amazing food and drink scene with my wife.
Email: crosen@lsuhsc.edu
Chaoyi Zeng, Enrollment year: 2019
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in English at Chengdu Institute Sichuan International Studies University.  After the graduation, I worked as interpreter, translator and secretary in foreign companies. I enrolled in the Epidemiology Program in 2018 and transferred to Biostatistics Program in 2019. I’m interested in genetic studies and cancer research. I like jogging, writing and singing in my spare time.
Email: czeng1@lsuhsc.edu