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Biostatistics PhD/Master’s Student Seminar Series

February 2, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Welcome back! Please join us on Thursday, February 2 from 1-2:30pm in Building 2, Rm 426 (the main biostats conference room) for a joint event with the Career Development Series, featuring recent alumna Dr. Irina Degtiar:

Irina Degtiar
Title: Visit with department alumna Irina Degtiar, PhD ’21, Statistician at Mathematica Research
Abstract: After obtaining her PhD in biostatistics from Harvard in 2021 (Generalizability Methods for Estimating Causal Population Effects, advisers Sherri Rose and Francesca Dominici), Irina Degtiar has been working as a Statistician at Mathematica, where she had also interned during her PhD. Mathematica is an employee-owned social policy research company whose mission is to improve public well-being. As a member of the health division, Irina works on projects spanning primary care delivery, transgender health, and surgical device clinical trials, while using and developing methods for generalizability, causal inference, small area estimation, and more. Mathematica offers data science internships for SM and PhD students and fellowships for PhD students – Irina will discuss both. With prior experience also in several industry as well as academia settings, Irina has a wealth of insight and advice for our students!

Upcoming seminars:
We are also looking for students to present in future seminars this semester. We have a room reservation for the following Thursdays this semester:

February 16
March 2
March 23
April 6
April 20
May 4

If you are interested in presenting this semester, please reach out to one (or both) of us! As a reminder, most talks run around 30–45 minutes, with the remaining seminar time left over for student questions and discussion. Two students can also split a seminar slot, in which case the individual talks are typically briefer (around 20 minutes each). We are also open to adding dates if there’s sufficient demand, especially later in the semester for practice defenses.

What is the Biostatistics PhD/Master’s Student Seminar Series?
The series is a casual and relaxing place for Biostatistics students to informally gather roughly every other week to share research, connect with other students, give practice talks, and see what everyone else is working on over lunch, provided by the department. Some seminars are directly related to research students are doing for their degrees, but others are more generally about graduate school and the practice of statistics.

Please note that the seminars are open only to PhD students, Master’s students and postdocs in biostatistics.


Your 2022-2023 Biostatistics Student Seminar Organizing Committee
Izzy Grabski and Cathy Xue


Date: February 2, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Calendars: Lecture / Seminar


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