Jiafen Gong, PhD
Dr. Jiafen Gong earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computational Mathematics from Wuhan University in China. She then moved to the University of Alberta for her PhD in Applied Mathematics specializing in Mathematical Biology, followed by another M.Sc. in Biostatistics from the University of Toronto. Currently she is a Senior Biostatistician and the Research Manager in the lab.
Naim Panjwani, M.Sc.
Naim Panjwani completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Waterloo, followed by an M.Sc. in Dr. Daniel Drucker’s lab at Mount Sinai Hospital conducting atherosclerosis research in the context of diabetes. Next, he completed another M.Sc. in Biostatistics where he discovered his passion for statistical genetics through a practicum placement in Dr. Lisa Strug’s lab studying the genetic epidemiology of cystic fibrosis. He now works as a Senior Biostatistician evaluating and understanding genetic associations in non-coding regions of the genome.
Dr. Yanyan Zhao achieved her M.Sc. degree in Southwest Jiaotong University, supervised by Prof. Haitao Zheng. And she completed her PhD in Statistics from Nankai University under the supervision of Prof. Zhaojun Wang and Prof. Changliang Zou. She has accumulated experiences on rare variants association studies and on model specification test in massive data. Yanyan is currently a CIHR STAGE Postdoctoral fellow receiving mentorship from Dr Lei Sun, Dr. Lisa Strug and Dr. Johanna Rommens. Her current research interest is in set-based association analyses based on summary statistics.
Lin received her HB.A in Statistics and B.A in Economics from University of California, Berkeley in 2012, and received her M.A in Applied Statistics from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2015. Lin is currently a PhD candidate in Statistics Department at University of Toronto, working with Dr. Lei Sun. Her current research focuses on robust association studies, multiple hypothesis testing and meta-analysis with applications in genetics and genomics in the presence of heterogeneity. Lin is also a trainee of the CIHR STAGE training program at University of Toronto with Dr. Strug in her STAGE committee.