People

Joseph Beyene, Principal Investigator

beyene@mcmaster.ca

Joseph Beyene received his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Toronto, Canada, and is currently a full Professor of Biostatistics and the inaugural holder of the John D. Cameron Endowed Chair in the Genetic Determinants of Chronic Diseases, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University. He also holds an adjunct faculty position as Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Toronto and is Adjunct Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. He has a broad research interest in statistical method development and application, including statistical genetics, systematic reviews/meta-analyses, predictive modeling, and clinical research. His current work focuses on developing and applying novel statistical data integration methods on heterogeneous data, and his scientific application areas span a wide range of disciplines, including infectious diseases, rheumatology, oncology, and cardiovascular diseases.


Current Members

Binod Neupane, Research Associate

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neupanbp@mcmaster.ca
Co-supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene

Binod obtained his M.Sc. Statistics from McMaster University in 2005, his Ph.D. Health Research Methodology (Biostatistics) in 2010, and is currently a Research Associate with SIGMA. His goals are to study statistical and epidemiological methods in clinical trials and genetic studies. He is especially educated in meta analysis and genomics and is proficient in R, SAS, and SPSS programming, as well as running simulation experiments.


Mateen Shaikh, Post-Doctoral

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mshaikh@mcmaster.ca
Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene

Mateen received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Guelph in 2013 and is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. His research areas include statistical learning, computational statistics, and data mining. Mateen’s past contributions include developing methodology in model-based clustering as well as association rules. His goals in SIGMA are to develop novel statistical approaches with high-dimensional data as they relate to data integration and meta-analyses.


Gelila Tilahun, Post-Doctoral

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Email coming soon…
Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene

Biography coming soon…


Shofiqul Islam, PhD Student

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shofiqul.islam@phri.ca
Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene

Shofique is a PhD student of Biostatistics in the department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. His area of interest is multivariate statistical methodologies such as growth curve models and dimension reduction techniques. He is working to develop and validate new methods for the analysis of high dimensional genomic data. He also holds the position of Senior Biostatistician at the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) at McMaster University, where he is responsible for the design, analysis and interpretation of large epidemiological studies and clinical trials. He is comfortable working with different software such as SAS, R, S-PLUS, STATA, SPSS as well as high level languages like C++ and FORTAN.


Ashley Bonner, PhD Student

bonnea@math.mcmaster.ca
Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene

Ashley obtained his M.Sc. Statistics from McMaster University in June, 2012 and has been studying as a Ph.D. Health Research Methodology (Biostatistics) student with Dr. Joseph Beyene at McMaster University since September, 2012. His goals are to develop new statistical methodology for analyzing the high-dimensional data often found in genomic studies. He has extensive understanding of sparse techniques, such as Sparse PCA and sparse regression, and is proficient in R, SAS, and SPSS programming, as well as running simulation experiments.


Sathish Pichika, PhD Student

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pichiksc@math.mcmaster.ca
Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene

Sathish Pichika received his M.Sc. Statistics from McMaster University in December, 2011 and worked with Dr. Joseph Beyene as a research assistant in the Population Genomics Program (PGP) at McMaster University until May 2013, when he began his PhD in Health Research Methodology (Biostatistics). His research interests lie in developing novel statistical methods with a focus on analysis of high-dimensional genomic data. His programming languages include R, SAS, and SPSS.


Huda Alsulami, PhD Student

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alsulaha@math.mcmaster.ca
Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene

Huda obtained her M.Sc. Statistics from McMaster University in April, 2013 and has been studying as a Ph.D. Health Research Methology (Biostatistics) with Dr. Joseph Beyene since May, 2013. Her goals are to develop multivariate statistical methods and dimension reduction techniques to enhance statistical genomics. She already has experience with pathway-based tests via gene-enrichment scores and is proficient in R programming, as well as running simulation experiments.


Taddele Kibret, PhD Student

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kibrettc@math.mcmaster.ca
Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene

Taddele completed his M.Sc. Statistics in December 2013 from the department of Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Beyene. His research area included network meta-analysis in his MSc thesis. He also earned his M.Sc. in Statistics in 2008 from the department of Statistics at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the same department in 2006. He has teaching experience in undergraduate statistics in the department of Statistics at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Currently Taddele is pursuing his PhD degree under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Beyene.


Tian Feng, PhD Student

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tianf2@math.mcmaster.ca
Co-supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene

Tian has been studying as a Ph.D. Mathematics (Biostatistics) student with Dr. Hamid Jamila and Dr. Joseph Beyene. She obtained her M.Sc. Statistics from McMaster University in November, 2013 under supervision of Dr. John Maheu. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science and Statistics from University of Toronto in June, 2012. Her goal is to develop statistical and epidemiological methods with a special focus on multivariate growth curves.


Regina Kampo, MSc Student

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kampors@math.mcmaster.ca
Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene

Regina is currently pursuing her MSc. in Statistics in the department of Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University. Prior to coming to McMaster, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Statistics and Mathematics from the University of Ghana, Ghana in 2012. She also has experience teaching undergraduate Statistics in the Department of Statistics at University of Ghana. Her research area is focused on network meta-analysis under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Beyene.


Zelalem Firisa, MSc Student

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negerizf@math.mcmaster.ca
Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene

Zelalem Firisa is a MSc Student of the Mathematics and Statistics Department at McMaster University since September 2014. He received his BSc degree in July 2011 from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and MSc in June 2014 from the same University. He has experience in teaching undergraduate statistics at the Department of Statistics, Dilla University, Ethiopia. His research area is focused on meta-analysis
under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Beyene.


Melanie Stacey, MSc Student

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staceyme@math.mcmaster.ca
Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene

Melanie completed her B.Sc in Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University and is now pursuing her M.Sc in Statistics under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Beyene. Her interests include data analysis, modeling, and computational statistics, using R and SAS. She plans to complete her thesis on the topic of meta-analysis.



Past Members

 

Merrick Fallah; May 2015 – Aug 2015.

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– Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene conducting a systematic review on autism spectrum disorders.
– Current Position: Currently completing fourth year in Life Sciences at McMaster.

Lydia Makoroka; Sept 2011 – Aug 2014.
– Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene through the completion of her M.Sc. from the Health Research Methodology Program, McMaster University.
– MSc Thesis Topic: “Health Service Utilization among Men who Have Sex with Men (MSM) who Live in Toronto: Secondary Analysis of a Cross-sectional Study.”
– Current Position: coming soon…

Danielle Richer; Nov 2012 – Sept 2014.
– Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene through the completion of her MSc Statistics from the Mathematics and Statistics Department, McMaster University.
– MSc Thesis Topic: “Proposed summary measures for ranking treatments in network meta-analysis.”
– After completing her MSc, Danielle continued as a Research Associate with our group.
– Current Position: Danielle has now returned to teaching mathematics.

Russell de Souza; 2011 – 2014
– Co-supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene for a Post-Doctoral position.
– Current Position: Assistant Professor, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department, McMaster University.

Ahmed Hossain; 2004 – 2013
– Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene for a Post-Doctoral position.
– Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene through the completion of his PhD Biostatistics from Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto.
– PhD Thesis Topic: “Incorporating correlation in testing for differential expression of genes in microarray data.”
– Current Position: Principal biostatistician at Pharma Medica Research Inc.

Adam Kliber; Summer 2014
– Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene for an Undergraduate Researcher position.
– Current Position: Engineer/Officer at Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Anson Wong; Summer 2014
– Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene for an Undergraduate Researcher position.
– Current Position: Medical Student at University of Ottawa

Xiao Di Yang; Sept 2010 – August 2011
– Supervised by Dr. Joseph Beyene through the completion of her MSc Statistics from the Mathematics and Statistics Department, McMaster University.
– MSc Thesis Topic: “Modeling binary data allowing for heterogeneity.”