Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics Newsletter

Message from the Chair

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo

Dear Colleagues,

As the holidays approach, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication to UCSF and our department. With the devastating wildfires, our poor air quality—even the closure of the Mission Bay T stop—just getting to work can be challenging! I hope you will take some time over the Thanksgiving break to relax, have fun and consider your blessings.

I look forward to seeing you at our all-DEB department meeting on Dec. 7 and celebrating with you at our holiday festivities on December 14.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin and colleagues have been awarded a $3 million NIH grant to study the effectiveness in diagnosing cancer of a new portable diagnostic device that can operate with power from sunlight or a flame, as well as electricity. The device provides a needed solution for in-field diagnostics, especially in low- and middle- income countries where electricity is not available or reliable.

Epi PhD Class

The application for the PhD program is Dec. 1. Please encourage applications and speak with prospective students who reach out to you with questions. You can also refer prospective students to Maria Glymour and Victoria Mansour.

Woman using laptop

The CTSI Training staff recently moved to the second floor, with DEB becoming the administrative home of the CTST Hub. You can read more about the closer ties between the CTST Hub and DEB here.

More News:

  • Henrik Bengtsson has been invited to be an ordinary member of the R Foundation in recognition of his services to the R community. The foundation currently has 37 members. Among the goals of the R Foundation are the support of continued development of R, the exploration of new methodology, teaching and training of statistical computing and the organization of meetings and conferences with a statistical computing orientation.
  • Professor Emeritus Calvin Zippin was interviewed for an article in AMSTATNEWS(Link to pdf), the membership magazine of the American Statistical Association. Zippin was one of four longtime members featured.
  • Welcome new faculty and staff, including primary faculty Rebecca Graff, PhD, and Suzanna Martinez, PhD; Ying Sheng, post doc working with Chiung-Yu Huang; Tessa Wardle, project assistant working with Lydia Zablotska; and CTST staff: Gina Gaiser, Christian Leiva, Madeline Mann, Krista Navarra and Asha Robertson.

If you have news or honors you’d like to submit for an upcoming newsletter, send an email with the details to Anne Wolf.



  • All Department Meeting
    Friday, December 7, 11 am, MH 2100; lunch following
  • Holiday Party
    Friday, December 14. Watch for details.