My research interest is in developing and applying biostatistical methods for public health
and biomedical research. Methodologically, my current interests include statistical prediction,
classification and developing appropriate measures for these problems.
My current projects involve the delivery of health service in breast cancer screening and
diagnostic care, design of clinical trial, cancer epidemiology and survivorship, and physical
activities and fitness. With my background in biology and biostatistics, I plan to build strong
collaborative partnerships with researchers in health sciences. I also look forward to working
with public health professionals and community partners on solving problems in the field.
PhD (Statistics), University of Waterloo, 2008
MMath (Biostatistics), University of Waterloo, 2003
MSc (Animal Science), Michigan State University, 1999
BSc (Biochemistry), Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, 1996
40 under 40 young scientists,
nominated by IAP - The Global Network of Science Academies, 2012
Canada Graduate Scholarship,
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, 2004-2007
, Chipman HA, Welch WJ. (2012) Harvesting Classification Trees for Drug Discovery.
Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
. 52 (12): 3169–3180.
Lawless JF & Yuan Y.
(2010). Estimation of prediction error for survival models. Statistics in
Axelrod, DE, Miller NA, Lickley HL, Qian J, Christens-Barry WA, Yuan Y
, Fu Y, Chapman,
JW. (2008) Effect of quantitative nuclear image features on recurrence of ductal carcinoma in
situ (DCIS) of the breast. Cancer Informatics
Widowski TM, Yuan Y
& Gardner JM. (2005). Effect of accommodating sucking and nosing on
the behaviour of artificially reared piglets. Laboratory Animals.
, Jansen J, Charles D & Zanella AJ. (2004). The influence of weaning age on post-
mixing agonistic interactions in growing pigs. Applied Animal Behaviour Science.
Identifying Care Gaps in the Breast Cancer Diagnostic Trajectory (MSI foundation)
funded by Medical Services (Alberta) Incorporated Foundation
Developing Effective Policies for Managing Technologies for Rare Diseases
funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Survivorship: Alberta Moving Beyond Breast Cancer
funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
The Role of Vitamin D and Inflammation in Colorectal Cancer Metastases
funded by the Alberta Cancer Foundation