• Lisa Rogers, MS, MPH

    Administrative Director
    University of Minnesota

  • Lisa Rogers serves as the Administrative Director for the Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) as well as for the Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials Consortium (EMPaCT) and the UAB/UMN SPORE (Specialized Program in Research Excellence) for Pancreatic Cancer.   Ms. Rogers has over 15 years of experience in federal award management and is a former cancer immunologist who has worked in academic and industry research and research project management.  Her interest in decreasing health disparities stems from her experiences as a member of the Navajo Nation and from her passion for just and equitable health care for all persons.

  • Sheikilya Thomas, PhD, MPH

    Administrative Director
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Sheikilya Thomas currently serves as a Program Manager II in the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama Birmingham. It is at UAB that she completed her graduate studies, receiving her MPH in Epidemiology and her PhD in Health Services Administration.  Her research interests include patient-provider relationships particularly as it relates to the potential role of trust and perceived discrimination on healthcare utilization and health disparities.

Evaluation Group

  • Isabel Scarinci, PhD, MPH

    Leader Evaluation Group
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Dr. Scarinci is Associate Director for Faculty Development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Division of Preventive Medicine and Associate Director for Globalization and Cancer at UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.  She has extensive research and clinical experience with underserved populations.  Her work has focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of  cancer prevention/control and community-based programs that are theoretically based and culturally relevant to African Americans and Latinos (particularly immigrants), particularly in the areas of breast and cervical cancer and tobacco control.

Biostatistics Group

  • Sejong Bae, PhD

    Co-Leader, Biostatistics Group
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Dr. Bae is a Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine, Co-Director of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Facility and Deputy Director of the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Coordinating Center (CARDIA). He is a biostatistician with over 15 years of experience collaborating with investigators from various backgrounds, including bench-to-bedside and population studies, on many funded research projects. He is Co-Leader of the Biostatistics cores of various projects, including the U54 Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) /Tuskegee University/UAB CCC partnership, P50 SPORE in Cervical Cancer, U54 Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research, U54 Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) and others. He also serves on many advisory boards and committees. He has over 120 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and peer-reviewed congress proceedings. He has advised and assisted in developing study design, calculating sample size, analyzing statistical data, and writing manuscripts. In addition, in data management and quality control, he has guided development of Case Report Forms, standard operating procedures, data edits, range and logic checks, and other data quality control steps. His areas of research interest include outcomes research, health disparities, biomarker discovery, clinical trials, survival analysis, cancer epidemiology, multi-state cancer modeling, chronic disease modeling, and aging.

  • Chap Le, PhD

    Co-Leader Biostatistics Group
    University of Minnesota

  • Dr. Le received his PhD in Statistics from the University of New Mexico; he has been at the University of Minnesota since 1978 and has served as Director of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics for Masonic Cancer Center since 1995. Dr. Le received the Leonard M. Schuman Excellence in Teaching Award and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Post-Baccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education by the University of Minnesota; designated throughout his career at the University of Minnesota as “Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics”. He is the author of seven textbooks and has authored or Co-Authored almost 200 peer-reviewed research articles.  He has been well-funded, serving as Co-Investigator or Biostatistics Core director in almost 40 NIH research grants in different areas – including several large program projects and applied research centers.

  • Haitao Chu, PhD

    Biostatistics Group
    University of Minnesota

  • Dr. Haitao Chu is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Chu received his PhD in Biostatistics from Emory University in 2003. Dr. Chu was an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University from 2003 to 2007, and a research associate professor of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Chu develops innovative methods for both observational studies and randomized clinical trials, and provides a full spectrum of cutting-edge statistical consulting services to biomedical investigators. Dr. Chu has published over 120 manuscripts and served as a PI for a couple of statistical methodology grants. Dr. Chu is an Associate Editor for a couple of peer-reviewed journals including Statistics in Medicine and the American Journal of Epidemiology.

  • Yen-Yi Ho, PhD

    Biostatistics Group
    University of Minnesota

  • Dr. Ho is an Assistant Professor at the Division of Biostatistics at the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University. As a member in the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource, she serves as a collaborator with researchers from diverse fields such as genetic mechanisms for cancers, precision medicine, tobacco product usage and pulmonary health, aging related symptoms, and clinical trials. Dr. Ho’s interests in this project are to support the development of collaborative research and to provide statistical support scientists from diverse research interests.