B.S., Yonsei University, Mathematics, 2011
M.S., Northwestern University, Statistics, 2014
Ph.D., Northwestern University, Statistics, 2017
Postdoc, Texas A&M University, Statistics, 2017
I was born in Denton, Texas but grew up in South Korea until I started my PhD in Statistics at Northwestern University. During my PhD advised by Drs. Wenxin Jiang and Lei Liu, I got an opportunity to work in Dr. Lifang Hou’s Population Epigenetics Laboratory. My research focused on developing new statistical methodology to identify CpG sites significantly associated with a certain type of disease based on DNA methylation data. After graduation, I started my postdoctoral studies in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Training Program under the mentorship of Drs. Raymond Carroll and Irina Gaynanova. As a part of the program, I joined Dr. Robert Chapkin lab for collaborative research. Outside of my research, I love to play tennis and watch movies.
My main research focuses on statistical analysis methods that can excavate some underlying important features in complex high-dimensional data. Currently in the lab, I am working on analyzing RNA-seq data to compare the gene expression between ascending and descending colon, and between biopsied tissue (invasive) and exfoliated cells in stool (non-invasive). I believe that statistical methods become more valuable when they are applied to real data and lead to important scientific discoveries. In the long term, I hope to contribute to finding diet and lifestyle factors which can lower the risk of cancer and identifying biological markers which can help diagnose in earlier stage and aid risk assessment, using statistics.