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Clair Smith


SIBS 2015 Teaching Assistant
First Year Biostatistics PhD Student

Education

B.S. (2014), Mathematics, Western Washington University (WWU)

Research Interests

Mental Health: I was a student in the SIBS Pittsburgh class of 2013 when I was a junior at WWU. For my final project I investigated the relationship between mental health and heart disease using data from the Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE). In the future I would like to perform more research on mental health and it's relationship to physical health.

Genetics: As an undergraduate student I completed a senior project in which I wrote a program in R that used logistic regression to find relationships between genetic components and disease status. As an undergraduate I took general biology classes and was intrigued by genetics. I am interested in performing more research in the area of statistical genetics.
I enjoy reading both fiction and nonfiction, seeing live music, and playing guitar.

Samantha Taylor


SIBS 2015 Teaching Assistant
First Year Biostatistics PhD Student

Education

B.A. (2014), Mathematics and Economics, Washington and Jefferson College

Research Interests

Diabetes: After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes during my senior year of high school I became very interested in the disease. During my first year in the PhD program I was able to use data collected at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh to establish a relationship between levels of the hormone leptin and BMI, gender, A1c, age and central obesity in children recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Cancer: After completing my junior year at Washington and Jefferson College I was a student in the SIBS program at the University of South Florida. During the program I was given the opportunity to investigate colorectal cancer by characterizing the location of APC mutations on the gene and contrasting the bi-allelic versus uni-allelic cases using chi-square tests, Poisson distribution and assessment of statistical significance.

I also enjoy cooking, baking and playing with my dogs.

 

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