With Double the Team, Biostatisticians Ready to Partner with Researchers

The Biostatistics and Research Design Unit at the MU School of Medicine

Researchers across University of Missouri Health have a valuable resource to aid them in their discoveries. Aligned with the Office of Research at the MU School of Medicine, experts in biostatistics and research design provide a broad spectrum of statistical support to researchers.

The Biostatistics and Research Design Unit at the MU School of Medicine recently welcomed three new statisticians to collaborate with researchers: Henok Woldu, PhD; Anqing Zhang, PhD; and Mojgan Golzy, PhD. With their addition, the team now has five doctorate-level biostatisticians and one master’s-trained analyst ready to assist researchers.

“Biostatisticians play an extremely important role within our School of Medicine research community,” said Jerry Parker, PhD, associate dean for research. “They are centrally important for almost every project.”

Originally from Eritrea in East Africa, Henok Woldu came to the United States in 2013 to earn his doctorate. After receiving his degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, he joined MU. During his time at MU, he’s been impressed by the biostatistics group’s shared vision to improve lives.

“My passion is to use my biostatistical skills to improve peoples’ health directly or indirectly,” Woldu said. “This position aligns with my passion by letting me work with many researchers who are doing cutting-edge research to improve health.”

Anqing Zhang received her doctorate in statistics from North Dakota State University in Fargo. Since joining the MU School of Medicine, the China native has seen firsthand the level of expertise in MU’s research community.

“Our school has many excellent research programs and resources that support all scientists to develop their research,” Zhang said. “The supportive environment and outstanding colleagues in MU are the best inspiration for me to build up a long-term academic career and devote myself to medical research.”

After earning her PhD in mathematics in Iran in 2002, Mojgan Golzy moved to Buffalo, New York, and taught Calculus at Buffalo State College, State University of New York. In 2016, she earned her PhD in biostatistics, and began postdoctoral training at SUNY at Buffalo. She joined MU because she feels strongly that interdisciplinary collaboration is essential to making scientific progress.

“At MU, I am applying statistical procedures and am developing new approaches for answering critical scientific questions,” Golzy said. “My experience at MU is amazing. The environment is very collaborative and welcoming. The biostatistics team is very experienced and always ready to share its expertise.”

The three joined Gregory Petroski, PhD; Chelsea Deroche, PhD; and Bin Ge, MD, MA, in the Biostatistics and Research Design Unit.

Whether it be collaboration on grants, manuscripts, education or data analysis, the statisticians are prepared to assist with research activities. Researchers may learn more about the team and request services here.

“Although they are a consulting service, the team’s top priorities are accessibility and excellent customer service,” Parker said. “Consulting fees can be waived when grants or other resources are not available.”