Cancer Research Day Purdue University Center for Cancer Research



Dr. Rebecca Doerge

Dr. Rebecca Doerge

Glen de Vries Dean

Mellon College of Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Rebecca Doerge is the Glen de Vries Dean of the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University.  Prior to joining both the Department of Statistics and Data Science and the Department of Biology at Carnegie Mellon University Rebecca was the Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Purdue University.  Dean Doerge joined Purdue University in 1995 and held a joint appointment between the Colleges of Agriculture (Department of Agronomy) and Science (Department of Statistics) until her departure.  Dean Doerge's research program focuses on Statistical Bioinformatics, a component of bioinformatics that brings together many scientific disciplines to ask, answer, and disseminate biologically interesting information in the quest to understand the ultimate function of DNA and epigenomic associations.  Rebecca is the recipient the Teaching for Tomorrow Award, Purdue University, 1996; University Scholar Award, Purdue University, 2001-06; and the Provost's Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor, Purdue University, 2010.  She is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (2007), an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007), and a Fellow of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC; 2009).  She is Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Section U (Statistics). Dean Doerge has published over 140 scientific articles, published two books, and graduated 26 PhD students.

Rebecca was born and raised in upstate New York.  As a first generation student from a tiny rural community, she studied theoretical Mathematics at the University of Utah; it was there that she gained interest and experience in both computing and Human Genetics.  Rebecca obtained her PhD in Statistics from North Carolina State University under the direction of Bruce Weir, and was a postdoctoral fellow with Gary Churchill, Biometry and Plant Breeding at Cornell University.

Dean Doerge is a past member of the Board of Trustees for both the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, and the Mathematical Biosciences Institute.  Rebecca is currently a member of the Engineering External Review Committee, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; a member of the Danforth Plant Science Center Scientific Advisory Board, St. Louis MO; and a member of the Board of Directors for Innovation Works, Pittsburgh PA.


David Basanta Gutierrez


Twitter handle: @dbasanta

Dr. Basanta is a computer scientist and mathematical oncologist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, a NCI-designated cancer center in Tampa, FL. Dr. Basanta has an MSc in Computer Science at the University of Oviedo (Spain), got his PhD at King’s College London and postdoctoral work in mathematical oncology at the Technical University of Dresden (Germany). Since 2011 he has been a faculty member at the Integrated Mathematical Oncology department at the Moffitt Cancer Center where his group develops, in conjunction with experimental colleagues, first-principles mathematical models that explore the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of cancer and uses those models to explore novel treatment strategies. He is the PI or Co-PI of grants from the NCI, the DoD and the State of Florida Health department that support mathematically-driven team science approaches to cancer research.


Dr. Jun Wan


Principal Investigator

Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics

Director, of Collaborative Core for Cancer Bioinformatics (C3B)

Member of Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CCBB), Indiana University School of Medicine

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of BioHealth Informatics Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI

Dr. Jun Wan received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from Queen's University, Kingston Ontario, Canada, followed by postdoctoral training in bioinformatics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Prior to Indiana University in December 2016, Dr. Wan was a research faculty at Johns Hopkins University. As a tenure-track assistant professor, Dr. Wan is directing Collaborative Core for Cancer Bioinformatics (C3B) shared by NCI-comprehnesive cancer center, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Purdue University Center for Cancer Research.


Dr. Min Zhang


Professor of Statistics

Min Zhang is a professor in the Department of Statistics and an Associate Director of Data Science at Purdue University Center for Cancer Research. Her research focuses on developing efficient statistical methods for various types of high-dimensional omics data in biomedical research.