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Mathematical Sciences

Math, Stats and CS in Public Health and Medical Research

Date: 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT March 19 Location: JR Howard Hall 132

JR Howard Hall 132

Jessica Minnier ’07

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
Oregon Health and Science University


When you read a New York Times article about a new drug or special diet that reduces risk of heart disease, a newly discovered gene that increases risk for diabetes, or the discovery that the proportion of children not vaccinated for a certain disease may cause an outbreak, it is not just biologists that are doing the work. In fact, there are statisticians analyzing the data and interpreting the significant results, computer scientists mining the human genome, and mathematicians modeling infections within a population. After graduating from LC with a math major and CS minor, I learned how to use math in health research through my graduate school training in biostatistics. I’ll talk about the fields of biostatistics and bioinformatics and the research we do, as well as my experience in grad school and my new position at OHSU. Besides giving an impressive sounding title (I’m a biostatistician! A what, now?), these career paths allow us to use both theoretical and applied math/CS to help others and we get to collaborate with many types of scientists and clinicians on exciting and meaningful research problems and clinical studies.


Jessica graduated from Lewis & Clark in 2007 with a major in mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. She then earned her PhD in Biostatistics from the Harvard School of Public Health.