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Denise Scholtens,

Professor, Preventive Medicine; Feinberg School of Medicine

Denise Scholtens,

Research Program


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Cancer-Focused Research

I am Professor and Director of the Division of Biostatistics, Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. I currently serve as Associate Director of the Quantitative Data Sciences Core (QDSC) for the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University, with specific responsibility for Biostatistics collaborative functions. I have experience in the statistical design and analysis of a range of research studies including clinical trials, chart reviews, observational studies, and wet lab experiments pertaining to colon cancer, breast cancer, glioblastomas, and gynecologic cancers. My statistical methodology interests involve high-throughput ‘omics’ data, including genetics and metabolomics data. I currently direct the Data Coordinating Center for the ongoing observational, international Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome (HAPO) Follow-Up Study, building on the extensive mother/child data and participant resources of the original HAPO Study conducted 2000-2006. I also serve as the primary statistician for the current NIH-funded HAPO Metabolomics and Genetics studies. My ongoing collaborative biostatistics work demands team oversight of and direct involvement in data collection, checking and cleaning, as well as statistical analyses of disparate data types. This highly collaborative work demands a balance of existing statistical methods applications and methodological development in support of unique data analytic challenges.