Title: Assistant Professor
College: Public Health and Health Professions
Department: Biostatistics
Curriculum vitae: PDF
Research Interests: Statistical models for infectious diseases: recursive models, likelihood methods, Bayesian method, and generalized linear models; multiple testing theory; causal inference; missing data; stochastic process; statistical computations such as Gibbs sampler, EM algorithm, permutation and bootstrap.
Dr. Yang received his PhD in Biostatistics from Emory University in 2004. His primary research interest focuses on the field of statistical modeling for infectious diseases. He has been an active member for years at the center for Statistical and Quantitative Infectious Diseases led by Drs. Ira Longini and Elizabeth Halloran. Dr. Yang developed statistical methods to analyze outbreaks of acute infectious diseases such as influenza and cholera in close contact groups. These methods are designed to evaluate both transmissibility of pathogens and efficacy of interventions in various study settings. Examples are studies with case-ascertained follow-up, competing risks of infection from co-circulating pathogens, or high-dimensional missing data.

His service as a senior statistician in large clinical trials of antiretroviral therapies for HIV/AIDS at the Harvard University gave him a broad range of experience in designing, monitoring and analyzing clinical and observational studies. He collaborated with Dr. Victor DeGruttola at Harvard University in developing nonparametric multiple-testing methods for detecting association of phenotypes with host or viral genotypes in the context of HIV/AIDS, which can be readily extended to other diseases as well.

Dr. Yang has established international collaboration with China CDC on modeling the spread of enterovirus causing hand, foot and mouth disease using the national surveillance data. Recently, Dr. Yang joined the department of the University of Florida as an assistant professor. He participated in the one health initiative proposed by Dr. Gregory Gray in the Department of Environmental Health and Global Health, where he will be pursuing a better understanding of potential environmental or zoonotic reservoir of infectious diseases via multi-disciplinary cooperation in study design, environmental sampling, laboratory assay, physiological study and statistical analysis.

Contact information:
Emerging Pathogens Institute
P.O. Box 100009
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0009
Voice: (352) 273-7396
Fax: (352) 273-9430

Email: yangyang@.ufl.edu