• Research Faculty

  • A photo of Maurizio Macaluso, MD, DPH.

    Maurizio Macaluso, MD, DPH Director, Biostatistics and Epidemiology

    has researched topics including epidemiologic research methods; cancer epidemiology; occupational epidemiology; health effects of sexual, reproductive and contraceptive behavior; acceptability, efficacy and safety of contraceptive technology; efficacy and safety of assisted reproductive technology; infectious disease epidemiology; surveillance systems; and immunology. 

    513-803-2827

    A photo of Mekibib Altaye.

    Mekibib Altaye, PhD

    is a biostatistician interested in the design and analysis of correlated data, including developing inference procedures for intraclass correlation, and kappa statistic for binary and polynomial outcomes. Current research interest focused in modeling issues associated with high dimensional data that arise from fMRI, MRI and microbiome studies. He also mentors junior faculty, staff and students.

    513-636-5849

    A photo of Katherine Bowers.

    Katherine A. Bowers, PhD, MPH

    is a perinatal epidemiologist interested in pre-conceptual and prenatal exposures in combination with genetic effects in relation to metabolic and neurodevelopmental consequences for the offspring. 

    513-803-9203

    A photo of Dr. Lili Ding.

    Lili Ding, PhD

    is a biostatistician with research interest in Bayesian modeling and inference, and its applications in various fields of biomedical research, including statistical genetics, population pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, multivariate survival analysis, and multilevel latent variable modeling. Dr. Ding mentors junior faculty, fellows and students in DBE and several other divisions within the hospital.

    513-803-0931

    A photo of Shelley Ehrlich.
    A photo of Lin Fei.

    Lin Fei, PhD

    is a biostatistician who is experienced in clinical trial research, drug and cosmetics discovery and development, and consumer product research. His research interests are in multivariate methods, discrete data analysis, probability theory and Bayesian modeling, and experimental designs. Dr. Fei serves as a reviewer to Communications in Statistics – Theory and Methods and Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics.

    513-636-2947

    A photo of Jessica Woo.

    Jessica Graus Woo, MHSA, PhD

    is a molecular epidemiologist with particular research interest in the developmental pathways leading to pediatric obesity. She is specifically interested in how genetics and early life influences, especially early diet, may impact a child’s likelihood of developing obesity and specific metabolic complications of obesity, such as insulin resistance and dyslipidemia.

    513-636-9598

    A photo of Md Monir Hossain.

    Md Monir Hossain, PhD, MSc

    is a biostatistician whose methodologic research interests include the development of statistical methods for modeling spatial-temporal disease clusters; spatial structure equation modeling; mixture models; inter-rater reliability; multi-level modeling; health services and patient outcomes; and clinical trials. Areas of application include perinatal health; access to primary health care; and childhood cancer incidences. 

    513-803-8051

    A photo of Bin Huang.

    Bin Huang, PhD Biostatistician, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

    is an experienced biostatistician with research interests in mediation analysis, statistical causal inference, observational / epidemiological analyses, item response modeling, and spatially correlated data. Areas of application include: pubertal development, bio-behavior, health disparity, health related quality of life (HRQoL), patient-reported outcomes (PRO), substance use risk, STI, asthma and JIA research.

    513-636-6712

    A photo of Richard F. Ittenbach.

    Richard F. Ittenbach, PhD

    is a biostatistician who specializes in the development, validation and analysis of scales for measurement of biomedical and biobehavioral factors. He mentors junior faculty, staff and students in DBE, cardiology, cardiac surgery, biomedical informatics, and psychology. He has contributed extensively to the training curricula of the Fellows Core Curriculum in biostatistics and data management.

    Visit the Ittenbach Lab.

    513-803-3310

    A photo of Jane Khoury.

    Jane C. Khoury, PhD

    is the senior biostatistician for the study of the epidemiology of stroke in Cincinnati, and is principal investigator for the biostatistical core of a Special Program Of Translational Research In Acute Stroke. She holds a joint appointment in the Division of Endocrinology and works with many of the faculty and fellows on study design and statistical methods in development of their research studies. Her personal research interests involve the effect of intra-uterine exposure to type 1 diabetes on childhood growth, metabolism and cardiac function.

    513-636-3690

    A photo of Mi-Ok Kim.

    Mi-Ok Kim, PhD Biostatistician, Biostatistics and Epidemiology

    is a biostatistician with research interests in advanced clinical trial designs and complex longitudinal and survival data analysis. Her method research on causal inference of observational studies is currently supported by a mid-career award from AHRQ and Improving PCOR Methodology award. Her collaborative research focuses on comparative effectiveness research and PCOR in pediatric IBD and cancer.

    513-636-1895

    A photo of Eileen King.

    Eileen C. King, PhD

    has 24 years of experience in the design and analysis of clinical trials for health care and pharmaceutical research studies. She enjoys collaborative research and has research interests in nonparametric regression using smoothers, comparative effectiveness research using clinical data from large multi-site registries, and statistical quality control approaches for clustered data for quality improvement initiatives in health outcomes.

    513-803-1819

    A photo of Daniel Lin.

    Ping-I (Daniel) Lin, MD, PhD

    is a genetic epidemiologist and psychiatrist. His research interests have been focused on identifying genetic variants associated with neuropsychiatric diseases. Dr. Lin has discovered variants linked to clinical heterogeneity in bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and autism. He is also interested in paradoxical association findings and selection sweeps for candidate loci for schizophrenia and autism.

    513-636-2710

    A photo of Jareen Meinzen-Derr.

    Jareen K. Meinzen-Derr, PhD

    is a quantitative epidemiologist focused on improving health outcomes and clinical care for children who are deaf or hard of hearing by understanding the mechanisms behind language and functional outcomes in the subset of children with hearing loss and developmental disability. She also collaborates on clinical research regarding premature infants.
    Visit the More Than Hearing Loss web page.

    513-636-7789

    Nicholas Ollberding

    Nicholas J. Ollberding, PhD

    is a nutritional epidemiologist with research interests focused on the role of diet in the etiology and the survival of cancer, dietary assessment and analysis methodology, and the molecular epidemiology of cancer. His research incorporates the use of observational and experimental research designs, as well as innovative molecular-based technologies to examine diet-disease associations.

    513-803-4432

    A photo of Patrick Ryan.

    Patrick H. Ryan, PhD, MS

    is an environmental epidemiologist with research interests in the fields of air pollution epidemiology and exposure assessment.

    513-803-4704

    A photo of Sheila Salisbury.

    Shelia Salisbury, PhD

    has worked in design, analysis and interpretation of results from clinical trials and observational studies. She provides statistical support for researchers in a number of divisions and provided support to assist in the development of Children’s Hospital biostatistical consulting component of the CCTST. She is also the biostatistician for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Cancer Program Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB).

    (513) 636-2947

    A photo of Heidi Sucharew.

    Heidi J. Sucharew, PhD

    is a biostatistician with research interests in structural equation modeling, latent profile analysis, and latent variable modeling.  Her recent areas of application include infant neurobehavior, stroke severity, adolescent menstrual symptoms and depression, and glucose control during pregnancy.

    513-803-1920

    A photo of Rhonda Szczesniak.

    Rhonda D. Szczesniak, PhD

    is currently interested in statistical and epidemiological research, including functional data analysis applications, classification methods, self-modeling regressions, instrumental variables regression, and outcomes research for children with cystic fibrosis and obstructive sleep apnea. She was recently awarded a statistical methods development grant to further her research on ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and cardiac outcomes in children with obstructive sleep apnea.

    513-803-0563

    A photo of Bin Zhang.

    Bin Zhang, PhD

    conducts research on statistical methods in clinical trials, survival analysis, longitudinal data analysis and optimal designs. Areas of interest: cancer, infectious diseases, asthma, cardiovascular diseases, health behavior, cohort studies, case-control studies, and clinical trials. 

    513-803-8050

    A photo of Nanhua Zhang.

    Nanhua Zhang, PhD

    is a faculty biostatistician with research interests in developing new methods for handling missing data, comparative effectiveness research, clinical trial design, meta-analysis, scale development, and joint modeling. His applied interests include environmental health, community-based intervention, health disparity, behavioral intervention and health psychology.

    513-803-9108

    A photo of Melinda S. Butsch Kovacic.

    Melinda S. Butsch Kovacic, MPH, PhD

    is an epidemiologist who has clinical, translational and community-based participatory research projects. Her research group studies the genetic/epigenetic, environmental and socioeconomic basis of chronic diseases such as cancer, asthma and obesity, with specific interest in understanding how environmental exposures modify risk in vulnerable families. Her research is highly interdisciplinary with collaborators across the academic health center and in the community.

    Visit the Butsch Kovacic Lab.

    513-803-0130

    A photo of Jessica Woo.

    Jessica Graus Woo, MHSA, PhD

    is a molecular epidemiologist with particular research interest in the developmental pathways leading to pediatric obesity. She is specifically interested in how genetics and early life influences, especially early diet, may impact a child’s likelihood of developing obesity and specific metabolic complications of obesity, such as insulin resistance and dyslipidemia.

    513-636-9598

    A photo of David Hartley.

    David M. Hartley, PhD, MPH

    investigates the factors governing the emergence and transmission of infectious diseases by applying mathematical modeling and computer simulation methods. He is also interested in data analytic and information technology approaches for understanding and improving communications in healthcare settings and improving patient safety.

    513-803-7278

    A photo of Adam Lane.

    Adam Lane, PhD

    has methodological research interests in designs for phase I/II clinical trials, survival analysis and structural equation modeling. Dr. Lane is also a dedicated collaborator with both clinical and basic science researchers in bone marrow transplantation, hematology, oncology and cancer biology.

    513-803-1828

    A photo of Lisa Martin, PhD.

    Lisa J. Martin, PhD

    is a statistical geneticist. Dr. Martin’s goal is to advance knowledge of disease processes by integrating statistical genetics with biology and epidemiology. Through independent and collaborative research, she expects to translate genetic findings to clinical utility by developing of innovative methods and aiding researchers in designing appropriate studies to address the questions at hand.

    513-636-1244

    A photo of Joseph Rausch.

    Joseph R. Rausch, PhD Quantitative Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    is interested in improving existing methodology and developing new methods for longitudinal data analysis, especially within randomized experiments. He is also interested in elucidating the dynamic relationships between psychological, behavioral, and medical outcomes.

    513-636-4336