Biography

I am a postdoctoral researcher mentored by Prof. Rebecca A. Hubbard and Prof. Kristin A. Linn in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics (DBEI) at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. I am a member of Penn Statistics in Imaging and Visualization Endeavor (PennSIVE) center. My methodological work focuses on developing and applying deep learning approaches that facilitate precision medicine and equitably improve health outcomes. Specifically, I developed deep generative models to generate complete medical data, such as magnetic resonance imaging and electronic health records, for under-represented populations. Additionally, I characterize and assess algorithmic fairness in machine learning models that predict prevalent public health diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer.

I obtained my PhD in Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University in 2022, under the supervision of Prof. Mohsen Moghaddam and Prof. Sagar Kamarthi. My work focused on the development and application of Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) in intelligent manufacturing.

My research interests include but are not limited to the following:

  • Generative AI: Diffusion Models, Generative Adversarial Networks, LLMs, Multimodal Learning
  • Fairness in AI: Algorithmic Fairness, Fairness Verification, Missing Data, Imbalanced Data
  • Interdisciplinary Application: Healthcare, Bioinformatics, Intelligent manufacturing

Grants

  • Enhancing Predictive Modeling for Alzheimer’s Disease Progression: Addressing Missing Data and Ensuring Fairness in Multimodal Longitudinal Analyses
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Institute: NIH/NIA K99
    Status of support: Pending
    Project Date (if available): 07/01/24 – 06/30/29
    Total Award Amount (including Indirect Costs): $963,996

  • Advancing Health Equity in the Era of Risk-guided Cancer Screening
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Institute: NIH/NIC
    Status of support: Pending
    Project Date (if available): 07/01/24 – 06/30/28

Education

  • Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, 2017-2022
  • M.S. in Industrial and System Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, 2015-2017
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Northwest University, China, 2011-2015