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Dr. Debashis Ghosh awarded the Mortimer Spiegelman Award

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The Applied Public Health Statistics Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) honors Dr. Debashis Ghosh for his outstanding contributions to health statistics, especially public health statistics. The award will be presented at the 2013 APHA meeting in November.
Dr. Debashis Ghosh awarded the Mortimer Spiegelman Award

Dr. Debashis Ghosh

The Applied Public Health Statistics  Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA)  Award  honors a statistician, 40 years of age or younger, who has made outstanding contributions to health statistics, especially public health statistics. The award was established in 1970 and is presented annually at the APHA meeting. The award serves three purposes: to honor the outstanding achievements of both the recipient and Spiegelman, to encourage further involvement in public health of the finest young statisticians and to increase awareness of APHA and the Applied Public Health Statistics Section in the academic statistical community.

Dr. Ghosh's research interests focus on the development of statistical methods for biological and biomedical research. He has focused recently on statistical methods for genomics, as well as methods for proper causal inference from observational data.

More recently, Dr. Ghosh has been named chair of the Biostatistical Methods and Research Design Study Section of the National Institutes of Health for a two-year term starting in 2013. His other awards and honors are numerous, including being named a Fellow the American Statistical Association in 2012.

Dr. Ghosh has served as associate editor of many scientific journals, including Biometrics, Statistica Sinica, Statistics in Biosciences, Molecular Cancer, Bioinformatics, BMC Medical Genomics, Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology, and the International Journal of Biostatistics, among others. In addition, he has served on the editorial boards of BMC Medical Genomics and Cancer Informatics, and as a referee for many other journals.

Dr. Ghosh has published numerous scientific papers in journals such as Nature, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Biometrics, Bioinformatics, and Journal of the Royal Statistical Series B. In 2012 his research was the featured on the cover of the journal Genomics and, in 2008, the journal Biometrics honored him with a Best Paper Award. Dr. Ghosh has mentored many doctoral and postdoctoral students throughout his time at Penn State and he has served on many other doctoral examination committees.

Before joining Penn State in 2007, Dr. Ghosh was an associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He earned doctoral and master's degrees at the University of Washington in 2000 and 1997, respectively. He earned a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, at Rice University in 1995.

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