Statisticians with involvement in UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) projects can be categorized in the following manner:

  • Principle statisticians have LCCC member research as their main focus
  • Consulting statisticians receive some funding support from the LCCC
  • Specialist statisticians do not receive LCCC funding
Funding for any statistical effort is strongly encouraged! 
Advice on how to include a statistician (or statisticians) on a grant and for how much (in terms of ‘percent effort’) is readily available.

Principle Statisticians

Joseph G Ibrahim, PhD, is the Faculty Director and the Distinguished Alumni Professor in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Biostatistics. Dr Ibrahim is the statistical director of the Breast SPORE. He directs the UNC Center for Innovative Clinical Trials, the Cancer Genomics Training Grant and is Co-PI of a statistical P01 grant titled “Statistical Methods in Cancer Clinical Trials.” Dr Ibrahim provides particular expertise in the areas of clinical trials, Bayesian methods, missing data problems, computational biology, melanoma and gastrointestinal cancer. In his Bayesian methodological research, he has made significant contributions to prior elicitation, model selection, and Bayesian computation.

Dominic T Moore, MPH, MS, is the Facility Director and a Senior Biostatistician. He is the longest serving member of the BIOS Core and serves as the Core’s resource allocator, in that he looks to optimally match statisticians to LCCC projects. His areas of interest include clinical trials methodology, robust methods using minimal assumptions, and quantitative thinking and communication.

Allison M Deal, MS, is a Senior Biostatistician who has interest and expertise in survey research and other population sciences study methods. Ms. Deal also has significant collaborations in clinical research involving melanoma, breast, gastrointestinal, and head and neck cancers.

Naim Rashid, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor (January 2015) who was awarded his PhD in 2013 from UNC’s Department of Biostatistics. After a post-doc at Harvard, he was recruited to join the faculty at UNC. His main areas of expertise and research interests are in statistical genetics, genomics, and proteomics.

Xianming Tan, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor (September 2015) who comes to this Core by way of the Methodology Center of Penn State University and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (Canada). He has demonstrated extensive collaborative efforts at both places. His research areas of interest include statistical methods expertise and interests involving methods particularly useful to population sciences and clinical research.

Chang Xu, MS, is a junior statistician/statistical programmer (February 2017) who has interest and expertise in statistical computing and data management. Chang has both SAS Base and Advanced programmer certifications. He is also developing his proficiency in R code and statistical consultation.

Consulting Statisticians

J S Marron, PhD, is the Amos Hawley Distinguished Professor in the UNC Department of Statistics (with a joint appointment in Biostatistics). He was listed in the November, 2002 Amstat News as one of the most highly cited statisticians in the world. Dr Marron has been working actively on statistical genomics research with Drs Perou, Thomas, and Dittmer as well as with colleagues in the Department of Genetics.

Anastasia Ivanova, PhD, is an Associate Professor in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Biostatistics. Dr Ivanova is an internationally known expert in clinical trial design including dose-finding studies and response-adaptive randomization designs and is the author of software useful in the design of phase 1 and 2 studies found here.

Bahjat Qaqish MD, PhD, is a Professor in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Biostatistics. His methodology research interests include survival analysis, correlated and longitudinal data, and case-control studies.  He has worked extensively on various aspects of regression models for correlated binary outcomes. His current research interests also include clinical trial design, computational biology, and computational methods.

Specialist Statisticians

Donglin Zeng, PhD, is a Professor in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics and Co-Director of the Carolina Survey Research Laboratory. Dr Zeng’s interest is in the theoretical development methods for semi-parametric inference and high dimensional data, with particular application to cancer survival data, longitudinal data cancer studies, breast cancer image diagnostics and some genetic studies.

Andrew Nobel, PhD, is a Professor in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics and UNC Department of Statistics and Operations Research. His research interests include the statistical analysis of genomic data.