Jaya Satagopan, PhD (she/her/hers)
Jaya Satagopan, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and a professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Rutgers School of Public Health. Dr. Satagopan directs the Rutgers Center for South Asian Quantitative Health and Education. She holds a master’s degree in science communication and public engagement from the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Satahopan received her doctorate degree in statistics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Dr. Satagopan's research focuses on statistical genetics/genomics with applications in cancer epidemiology and tumor biology studies including cost-effective study designs for genome-wide studies, estimating the lifetime risk of cancer in mutation carriers, dimension reduction and Bayesian shrinkage analysis methods for evaluating multiple disease risk factors and methods for evaluating gene-exposure interactions. She has investigated parsimonious risk models for evaluating cancer risk factors. She showed that sometimes multiplicative statistical interactions between risk factors may be required in risk models to obtain a good fit to the data, and certain types of interactions can be removed by modeling the outcome on a suitable scale, thus resulting in parsimonious additive models for risk. She has developed methods for evaluating additive statistical interactions between biomarkers and treatments in relation to time-to-event endpoints and applied these to digitally extracted data from phase III clinical trials of metastatic melanoma and metastatic colorectal cancer.