yong chen
Yong Chen, PhD

Yong Chen, PhD, an associate professor of Biostatistics, has won a 2021 Titan Award for Methodological Research from the Observational Health Data Sciences & Informatics program, based at Columbia University. The Award for Methodological Research recognizes extraordinary contributions in the development or evaluation of analytical methods for clinical characterization, population-level effect estimation, or patient-level prediction. Chen’s research focuses on integrating fundamental statistics principles into quantitative methods for tackling key challenges in modern biomedical data.





alessandra chesi
Alessandra Chesi, PhD

Alessandra Chesi, PhD, an assistant professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has been named one of 11 recipients of a 2021 Genomic Innovator Award from the National Human Genome Research Institute. These awards support highly innovative work by early-career investigators who have “great potential to accelerate future genomics research.” Chesi’s research aims to identify causal variants and target genes for neurodegenerative and brain-related disorders.


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The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $496 million awarded in the 2020 fiscal year.

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