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Columbia: Names Dr. Kiros Berhane Chair of Biostatistics

Dr. Kiros Berhane has joined the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health as chair in the department of biostatistics.

Previously, Dr. Berhane was professor of preventive medicine and head of the epidemiology/piostatistics program at University of Southern California’s (USC) Keck School of Medicine. Throughout his 21 years on faculty, his research was inspired by needs for new methods for complex data structures and their applications to address important public health problems, conducted in an interdisciplinary context. He was a leading statistician on the landmark Southern California Children’s Health Study and the principal investigator (PI) of statistical methods development projects within cycles of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded multi-project grants that examine effects of air pollution and genetics on children’s health.

Dr. Berhane was co-director of the The University of Southern California’s Methods Core of the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (USC TCORS), and extended his focus on methods relevant to obesity, respiratory, and cardio-metabolic health to neuro-cognitive research. An internationally recognized biostatistical scholar, he was elected to the American Statistical Association, is an active member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the International Biometrics Society, among others.

Dr. Berhane was trained at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, University of Guelph (Canada) and University of Toronto. A fellowship in biostatistics at Johns Hopkins launched his interdisciplinary focus on methods for environmental research, including the effects of air pollution on daily mortality and morbidity.

A highly regarded teacher and mentor, Dr. Berhane led the graduate training program in biostatistics at USC’s Keck School and launched the USC MS in health data science. He was a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award in the teaching/research category.

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