Biostatistics Professional Development Series: Biostatisticians, Data Analysts and Researchers in New York City

February 12

Kimball Hall Lounge (246 Greene Street New York, NY 10003)

Please join us for an exciting professional development session! We have invited six distinguished professionals representing a wide range of jobs and sectors to discuss their current positions and the steps they have taken to reach this point in their careers. This event will give you the opportunity to ask questions regarding educational pursuits, post-graduation plans and even work life balance. Whether you are a first year student who is beginning to search for a summer internship or a student graduating this May who is beginning a job search, this panel discussion is something you should not miss!

Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 4.

Panelists include:

  • Adam Stopek, Data Science Manager, YouTube
    • M.Sc. from CUNYs Data Science program* and B.Sc. in Statistics from The Hebrew University 
    • Adam has over 10 years of experience in a variety of Data Science and Engineering roles. In these roles he has focused on implementing machine learning solutions and statistical insights at scale for large tech companies including Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Currently he is leading the YouTube Partnerships Data Team focusing on identifying opportunities for YouTube creators to build sustainable businesses. 
  • Alan Feder, Principal Data Scientist, Invesco
    • MA in Statistics, Columbia University and BA in Mathematics (Economics), Columbia University
    • Alan works as a Principal Data Scientist at Invesco, where he uses statistics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer programming, and data visualization to solve some of Invesco's hardest business problems. He previously worked as an actuary before shifting to data science. He lives in downtown Manhattan with his wife and two children.
  • Jason Bernard, MS, Baseball Research Analyst, Major League Baseball
    • MS in Sports Business, New York University and BS in Sport Management, St. John's University
    • Jason’s work at MLB consists of providing statistical analysis to the data provided by the player tracking technology known as StatcastTM. This includes the creation of new stats used throughout the industry, such as Catch Probability, Outs Above Average, and Sprint Speed. Jason was formerly an Adjunct Professor for the Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport at the New York University School of Professional Studies. His work as a professor at NYU included teaching advanced analytics and critical baseball thinking to individuals considering a career in baseball operations or analytics. 
  • Andrea Knezevic, MS, Research Biostatistician, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    • MS in Statistics, The Georgia Institute of Technology and B.S. in Biometry & Statistics, Cornell University
    • After earning her undergraduate degree Andrea went on to work as a Data Analyst at the Emory University Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics. Following 8 years of research at Emory, Andrea joined Memorial Sloan Kettering in February 2017 as a Research Biostatistician. Andrea has experience in design, implementation and analysis of phase II clinical trials, as well as retrospective and prospective observational studies. Her analytical expertise is in survival analysis and model building for explanatory and predictive modeling.
  • McKenzie Pickett, MPHManager of Program Operations, AsOne Healthcare, IPA
    • ​​​​​​​MPH in Global International Health, New York University and BS in Biology/ Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    • McKenzie Pickett has worked with Behavioral Healthcare Coalitions (BHCCs) since graduating from NYU College of Global Public Health in 2018. McKenzie  is currently the Manager of Program Operations for AsOne Healthcare IPA where she works with Medicaid claims data to support the integration of behavioral and mental health for the transition to Value Based Payments (VBP) in New York State. She moved to New York City in 2016 and has had the fortune of working with FEMA, National Parks Conservation Association, and The Opportunity Agenda. Before moving to NYC, McKenzie lived in her home state of Wisconsin where she received a BS in biology from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and worked with the veteran community advocating for better services for veterans and their families through a peer support model.
  • Ben Liu, MSProgrammer Analyst, Eisai
    • ​​​​​​​MPH in Biostatistics, New York University 
    • I graduated from the College of Global Public Health in May 2019. My major was Biostatistics (MPH). I started my first job at Eisai as a SAS programmer analyst in July 2019. When pursuing my Master degree at NYU, I joined the tobacco lab at NYU and worked with Prof. Xu to study E-cigarette use in youth. Our study post was accepted by the Joint Statistical Meeting( JSM) and Society For Research On Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) 2020 annual meeting. Prior, I had interned at Pfizer for six months as a Data Management intern at the Commercial and Diversity Unit in Beijing. In addition, I was also an intern at the Sanofi Beijing office for six months as a Clinical Database Analyst intern. These research and industry experiences made me more competitive when applying for a job as a fresh graduate in the job market.