Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor Brings Big Data to Rural Medicine
Qiuying Sha (Math) studies statistical genetics and is ready to do health by the numbers.
Sha is the new Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor of Population Health. In her new role, she wants to make sure people aren’t treated as numbers in a system—rather number crunching should work in favor of people’s individual health.
“You can tell the person from the data,” Sha says. “I’m a statistician, so when I apply for funding or pursue research it’s always with data—and in this new role, I’ll be able to help on data analysis-tell what the data says and find any patterns from the data.”
Specifically, Sha plans to develop statistical models for personalized medicine—a practice where lots of genetic data, family information, and medical history inform recommendations for an individual person’s medical treatment. Her work could also be applied to genetic screenings to help catch early signs of diseases and assist with preventative care.
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