Current Students


Brian Kwan

brian-kwan-headshot.jpegBrian Kwan is a first year Biostatistics graduate student at UC San Diego. He grew up in Los Angeles County. One of his personal favorite accomplishments was finishing a marathon before graduating high school. Previously, he attended the Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. After that experience, he became determined to begin graduate studies in biostatistics. His favorite quote is “The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone’s backyard” by John Tukey. In his free time, Brian enjoys running and watching NBA basketball.    

Hanjie Shen


Hanjie Shen is from China. He is a first year PhD student in Biostatistics. He is currently working on image analysis in liver cancer research with Professor Armin Schwartzman. Last year he worked at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center as a statistician and published R package 'gcerisk' for generalized competing risk model. His research interests lie in image analysis, statistical learning, and competing risk model and cancer research.


Yuqi Qiu

Yuqi-Qiu-headshot.jpegYuqi Qiu was born and raised in southern China. He came to the United States to pursue his master degree at the age of 21. Prior to beginning the PhD program at UCSD, he received his master of science in biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University. He received his bachelor degree in International Economics and Trade from Beijing Normal University.  Yuqi has co-authored in a paper titled A Generalized Class of Exponentiated Modified Weibull Distribution with Applications, which presents mathematical properties of two new classes of distributions and describe applications to real life data sets.  This paper has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Data Science. For his master thesis, he did a longitudinal study examining the effect of vitamin D intake on human skin thickness and erythema. In his free time, he loves traveling around the world and playing basketball.

Anya Umlauf

Umlauf-Anya-headshot.jpegAnya Umlauf has graduated from the San Diego State University with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a master's in Statistics. Currently a senior statistician for the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP) at the University of California, San Diego, she collaborates with US and international researchers on studying genetic, neurovirologic, neuromedical, neurobehavioral, and neuroimaging data. The complete list of published scientific manuscripts that Anya contributed to can be found here.

In addition, Ms. Umlauf has been teaching statistics since 2007. Most recently, she is a lecturer for Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) Programs in Clinical Research (CREST) and Leadership in Healthcare Organizations (LHCO), UCSD.  In her free time Anya enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves photography, being outdoors, traveling, dancing, and eating good food.