Bio Sci Statistics in Cork
Christiana (Chris) Drake
Professor, Department of Statistics
Dr. Drake earned her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from State University of New York at Stony Brook, M.S. in Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health, and her Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Washington. Chris Drake's primary research interest is in causal inference in observational studies. She has studied various methods of estimating causal effects in the presence of confounders. One method of particular interest to her is adjustment by the propensity score. She has investigated the performance of estimators adjusted for confounders by the propensity score to parametric models with regard to remaining bias after adjustment for known confounders. Furthermore she has looked at the efficiency of such estimators. Another area of considerable interest to her is identifying prognostic factors with non-random missing outcomes. Curriculum Vitae.
Statistics for Biological Sciences is a key course to introduce students to probability and applied statistics using specific examples of importance in various biological science subfields. Students taking STA100 in Ireland will have the advantage of taking this class with a very small group of students and will receive the type of personal attention that is not possible in the big lecture format offered on the UC Davis campus. In addition, the students will be able to complete a course required for many majors in a wonderful setting like Ireland. I am looking forward to interacting with the students who choose to enroll in this unique study abroad experience.