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 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 biostatistician evaluating and understanding genetic associations in non-coding regions of the genome.
Bowei Xiao completed his HB.Sc. in Mathematics and Statistics from University of Toronto in 2014, and received his M.Sc. in Biostatistics in 2015. His previous research experience focused on building Spatial Statistics models and implementing R packages for these models. Bowei joined the Strug lab as a Biostatisitical Analyst in 2015 focusing on identifying genetic modifiers for Meconium Ileus in cystic fibrosis, and on the genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders with our collaborators at SickKids and the University of Calgary.
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.
Dr. Elizabeth Corfield received her B.S. in Genetics and B.S. (Honors) in Biochemistry from the University of Queensland in 2013 and her Ph.D. in Statistical Genetics from the Queensland University of Technology in 2017. Currently, Elizabeth is working as a research fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children for Dr. Russell Schachar and Dr. Jennifer Crosbie. Her current research focuses on characterizing the genetics of ADHD traits with cognitive deficits in clinical and population paediatric cohorts. Elizabeth is also a CIHR STAGE fellow in genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics receiving mentorship from Dr. Lisa Strug, Dr. Andrew Paterson, and Dr. Anne Bassett.
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.