Career Q&A Session | SSC Student Conference

Are you wondering what to do with your statistics or biostatistics degree?  Perhaps you're not sure whether you want to start working now or begin a graduate program.  In order to help students identify interesting career options, we invited successful statisticians representing different areas and applications of statistics.  They will participate in a panel discussion about their fields of work, what education you will need to follow a similar career path, and how to get involved in their disciplines.


Joseph Beyene, PHD

Dr. Beyene is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics and the John D. Cameron Endowed Chair in the Genetic Determinants of Chronic Diseases, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University. He was recently a Senior Scientist in the Research Institute of the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Beyene’s research interests include integrative statistical methods for high-dimensional data with emphasis on statistical genetics and genomics, meta-analysis, and related biostatistical methods in clinical research. His current work focuses on developing and applying novel data integration statistical methods using heterogeneous sources of data, methods for network meta-analysis and multivariate meta-analysis. His scientific and clinical application areas span a wide range of disciplines including rheumatology, oncology, and cardiovascular diseases. His research is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).


Albert Kim, PHD


Albert Y. Kim is a visiting assistant professor of statistics in the math department at Reed College, a small liberal arts college in Portland Oregon. Prior to joining Reed, he was working in the Ads Department at Google, where he was a quantitative analyst. He obtained his PhD in statistics at the University of Washington in Seattle and holds a BSc in Math and Computer Science from McGill University.

Amanda Halladay, M.Sc.

Amanda completed both her BSc and MSc at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her BSc was a combined honours degree in Mathematics and Statistics with a minor in Business. She received her MSc in Statistics in 2008. While completing her master’s degree, she accepted a position at Statistics Canada as a Methodologist (mathematical statistician). She began her career as a survey statistician working in the Justice Section at Statistics Canada with a focus on spatial modeling and the methodology of the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey. In 2012 she changed positions to work on two focus components of the Canadian Community Health Survey: Mental Health and Nutrition. She is currently preparing for the 2015 Nutrition Survey and the methodological complexities that come with nutrition data. Amanda has recently been promoted to Senior Methodologist.



Irene Zhang, M.Sc., President/CEO of Everest Clinical Research Services Inc.

Irene has 25 years experience in statistics, data management, pharmaceutical new drug development, medical and clinical research, Contract Research Organization (CRO) business development and management. Her current role is as the President/CEO of Everest Clinical Research Services Inc. Irene started Everest, a Contract Research Organization (CRO) in January 2004 following the Pfizer’s acquisition of Pharmacia. Everest has grown substantially over the past ten years, providing clinical research services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and China. Its services are focused on statistics, data management, medical writing, subject randomization and drug supply management, regulatory submission support, staff placement, and clinical trial management. Everest has full-service teams in two offices, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and in Little Falls, New Jersey, USA. Prior to Everest Irene was the Director of Biostatistics and Data Management for the Global Medical Affairs organization of Pharmacia. Her career with Pharmacia started when she joined The Upjohn Company as the first Biostatistician of the International Biostatistics and Data Management center in 1992 while the operation was just starting up. After a few short years she became the Manager of Clinical Data Management in 1996, and then the Director of the center in 1997 when it was Pharmacia & Upjohn. Unfortunately the center was closed in December 2003 due to Pfizer’s acquisition of Pharmacia. Previously Irene worked for Johnson & Johnson for 3 years prior to joining The Upjohn Company. Before entering the pharmaceutical industry, she was a teacher for 6 years with the last 3 years teaching applied mathematics and statistics in the Guangdong Provincial Economics and Business Management Institute in Guangzhou, China. She contributes the success of her career and that of Everest Clinical Research Services Inc. by her strong leadership for results; strong work ethic, values and commitment to excellence. Irene received her Master’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in 1989.






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