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William "Bill" Hillegass, MD, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Phone: (601) 815-3479
Office: TR533
E-mail: whillegass@umc.edu
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Research Interests: Telehealth for Remote Patient Management, Cardiometabolic Disease, Health Disparities, Interventional Cardiovascular and Anti-thrombotic Therapies, Clinical Trial Methodology, Indirect Treatment Comparison Methods, and Health Economics Methods

Seth Lirette 2023

Seth Lirette, PhD, MS
Associate Professor
Phone: (601) 815-8127
Office: TR535
E-mail: slirette2@umc.edu
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Research Interests: Biomarker Validation, Advanced Statistical Models, Multi-Reader-Multi-Case Trials, Survival Analysis, and Bootstrapping


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Hao Mei, PhD, MS
Phone: (601) 815-8130
Office: TR539
E-mail: hmei@umc.edu
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Research Interests: Statistical Genetics including the Identification of Genetic Variants, Function Genes, and Pathways Associated With Complex Human Diseases, Omics Data Analysis Systems for Heterogeneous Data, Causal Analysis, and Multivariate Genetic Analysis

Jeannette Simino, Program Director

Jeannette Simino, PhD, MS
Associate Professor
Phone: (601) 815-8128
Office: TR540
E-mail: jsimino@umc.edu
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Research Interests: Genetic Epidemiology including the Genetic Cause of Dementia and Dementia-Related Traits, the Relationship of Biomarkers, Demographics, and Lifestyle with Dementia, and Sex- and or Race-Specific Risk Factors for Dementia

Wondwosen Yimer

Wondwosen Kassahun Yimer, PhD, MS
Associate Professor
Phone: (601) 815-8129
Office: TR538
E-mail: wyimer@umc.edu
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Research Interests: Secondary Data Analysis With Emphasis on Longitudinal/Correlated Data, Survival Data Modeling, Joint Modeling, Bayesian Statistics, Semi-continuous/ Zero-inflated Models, and Missing Data

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Yunxi Zhang, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor
Phone: (601) 815-3477
Office: TR537
E-mail: yzhang4@umc.edu
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Research Interests: Missing data analysis, high-dimensional data analysis, variable selection, Bayesian methods, causal inference, graphical models, health service research, health economics, and telehealth

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Yufeng Zheng, PhD, MS
Associate Professor
Phone: (601) 815-7908
Office: TR532
E-mail: yzheng@umc.edu
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Research Interests: Image Analysis, Pattern Recognition, Deep Learning, AI, and Computer-Aided Diagnosis (CAD)


Teaching Faculty


Kenneth "Ken" A. Holm, BS
Phone: (601) 984-4729
Office: JMM; DIS
E-mail: kholm@umc.edu


Secondary Faculty

Drew Pruett

William Andrew "Drew" Pruett, PhD
Instructor of Physiology & Biophysics
Phone: (601) 815-1316
E-mail: wpruett@umc.edu
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Lei Zhang, PhD, MSc, MBA
Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship, Professor of Nursing
Phone: (601) 815-9780
E-mail: lzhang2@umc.edu
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