A photo of Mekibib Altaye.

Director, Data Management and Analysis Center

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Biography & Affiliation


Dr. Altaye is a biostatistician with more than 20 years’ experience on the design and analysis of health-related studies. He has been working with multidisciplinary team on multiple NIH funded projects including those involves multi-sight studies. His research focus is on design and analysis of correlated data focusing on high dimensional data obtained from imaging studies including MRI, fMRI, DTI and MRS. As a faculty member of the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (DBE) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center he worked in a highly collaborative environment in teams of basic and clinical scientists, and often collaborate with other biostatisticians, epidemiologists and informaticists. Dr. Altaye is also the director of the Data Management and Analysis Center within the Division of a Biostatistics and Epidemiology and as such he has extensive collaboration projects and oversees several consulting projects including high dimensional data analysis, randomized clinical trials, as well as observational studies. He has authored and co-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, been invited to present his work in national meetings, and co-authored a book chapter.

Research Interests

Design and analysis of correlated data. This includes developing inference procedures for intraclass correlation, and kappa statistic. Modeling issues associated with high dimensional data that arise from brain imaging studies such as fMRI, MRI and DTI.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics




PhD: The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, 1998.

MSc: Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 1991.

BSc: Addis Ababa Universtiy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1983.


Response to Comment on "bariatric surgery is associated with reduced risk of breast cancer in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women ". Feigelson, HS; Caan, B; Weinmann, S; Leonard, AC; Powers, JD; Yenumula, PR; Arterburn, DE; Koebnick, C; Altaye, M; Schauer, DP. Annals of Surgery. 2020; 271:e19-e20.

Reduced gray matter volume and cortical thickness associated with traffic-related air pollution in a longitudinally studied pediatric cohort. Beckwith, T; Cecil, K; Altaye, M; Severs, R; Wolfe, C; Percy, Z; Maloney, T; Yolton, K; LeMasters, G; Brunst, K; et al. PLoS ONE. 2020; 15:e0228092-e0228092.

Neonatal Functional and Structural Connectivity Are Associated with Cerebral Palsy at Two Years of Age. Merhar, SL; Gozdas, E; Tkach, JA; Parikh, NA; Kline-Fath, BM; He, L; Yuan, W; Altaye, M; Leach, JL; Holland, SK. American Journal of Perinatology: neonatal and maternal-fetal medicine. 2020; 37:137-145.

Retinopathy of Prematurity and Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia are Independent Antecedents of Cortical Maturational Abnormalities in Very Preterm Infants. Kline, JE; Illapani, VS P; He, L; Altaye, M; Parikh, NA. Scientific Reports. 2019; 9.

Altered brain microstructure in association with repetitive subconcussive head impacts and the potential protective effect of jugular vein compression: A longitudinal study of female soccer athletes. Myer, GD; Foss, KB; Thomas, S; Galloway, R; DiCesare, CA; Dudley, J; Gadd, B; Leach, J; Smith, D; Gubanich, P; et al. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2019; 53:1539-1551.

Network-based Responses to the Psychomotor Vigilance Task during Lapses in Adolescents after Short and Extended Sleep. DiFrancesco, MW; Van Dyk, T; Altaye, M; Drummond, SP A; Beebe, DW. Scientific Reports. 2019; 9.

Are Standardized Letters of Recommendation in Residency Applications Correlated With Objective Data?. Tang, AL; Howard, JJ M; Singh, E; Tabangin, ME; Wang, JC; Mye, CM; Altaye, M; Rohde, SL. Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development. 2019; 6:2382120519893976-238212051989397.

Enhancing language in children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing using augmentative and alternative communication technology strategies. Meinzen-Derr, J; Sheldon, RM; Henry, S; Grether, SM; Smith, LE; Mays, L; Riddle, I; Altaye, M; Wiley, S. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2019; 125:23-31.

Early Detection of Cerebral Palsy Using Sensorimotor Tract Biomarkers in Very Preterm Infants. Parikh, NA; Hershey, A; Altaye, M. Pediatric Neurology. 2019; 98:53-60.

A Novel Approach to Evaluate Brain Activation for Lower Extremity Motor Control. Grooms, DR; Diekfuss, JA; Ellis, JD; Yuan, W; Dudley, J; Foss, KD B; Thomas, S; Altaye, M; Haas, L; Williams, B; et al. Journal of Neuroimaging. 2019; July 2019:580-588.