About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Data Science in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM). My current work at WFSM is focused on computational optimization of the oblique random survival forest, a machine learning algorithm for right-censored outcomes. I have studied the etiology of hypertension and cardiovascular disease from the perspective of observational cohort studies that tracked health behaviors, socioeconomic factors, and diet and exercise habits throughout mid-life. I am also involved in the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC) and am currently developing an R package to help investigators in MoTrPAC apply standardized data processing pipelines to the developing MoTrPAC databases in a secure and reproducible manner. In addition, I am leading an investigation of long-term mortality for participants in the Systolic blood PRessure INtervention Trial (SPRINT) as a co-investigator in the SPRINT MIND research group.