Newswise — NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers School of Public Health is excited to announce Jaya Satagopan, PhD, will be joining the department of biostatistics and epidemiology as a professor of biostatistics in September.

Satagopan’s work focuses on statistical genetics and genomics, specifically on cost-effective study designs, risk modeling strategies, and the evaluation of gene-exposure interactions with applications in cancer epidemiology and tumor biology studies. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society, and is on the Editorial Board of Genetic Epidemiology. She has previously served as an associated editor of Sankhya – Series B, program committee chair of the 2017 Conference of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society, and on several National Institutes of Health grant review panels.

“Dr. Satagopan is the most recent in a series of exceptional faculty members who we have recruited in the last twenty-four months as we build the new Rutgers School of Public Health,” said Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health. “We are honored to be welcoming this highly accomplished faculty member who has a long history of outstanding research as member of Memorial Sloan Kettering.”

“I am excited for Dr. Satagopan to join our department,” said Jason Roy, PhD chair of the department of biostatistics and epidemiology. “She is an innovative researcher and educator who brings a true passion for public health.”

“I am thrilled to join a distinguished institution in New Jersey, my home state, to study the underpinnings of health in the state’s populations using quantitative techniques,” said Satagopan. “I look forward to training graduate students and junior scientists in quantitative research to improve cancer-related public health in New Jersey and elsewhere.”

Satagopan also looks forward to establishing the Center for South Asian Quantitative Health and Education at the Rutgers School of Public Health with her colleagues to address health disparities faced by South Asian communities in New Jersey, the United States, and the world.

“The Center will study the risk of cancer and allied diseases and determinants of risk in the state’s South Asian communities and other diverse populations through an inter-disciplinary approach and community partnerships, using the results to develop health communications aimed at promoting cancer prevention, control, and care,” explains Satagopan.

Satagopan received her PhD in statistics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1995 and joined Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she is currently an attending biostatistician. She is enhancing her skills and abilities by pursuing an M.Sc. in science communication and public engagement through the University of Edinburgh. This degree will assist her and the School of Public Health in further developing and delivering modern and effective health communications aimed at promoting cancer prevention and control.


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