NEWS | September 5, 2019

New chief for biostatistics

Leader in reducing harmful effects of imaging to lead public health sciences division


Diana Miglioretti has been selected as chief of the Division of Biostatistics in the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences.

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Miglioretti will lead a team of 11 biostatistics faculty who collaborate with investigators throughout the university on research aimed at improving patient care in cancer, neurosciences, vascular disease, infectious diseases and genomics. Her own investigations focus on cancer screening and surveillance, reducing radiation exposure from medical imaging, and developing new statistical methods for assessing health outcomes and the efficacy of diagnostic testing.

Miglioretti also is co-principal investigator for the national Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, a network of breast-imaging registries that collaborate to improve the delivery and quality of breast-cancer screening. As director of the Biostatistics Shared Resource, she provides biostatistical support for clinical, population and basic science research efforts of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2018, she was inducted as a fellow of the American Statistical Association for significant contributions to her field.

“After conducting an extensive national search, we were fortunate to identify one of our own faculty as the second-ever chief of our division of biostatistics,” said Bradley Pollock, chair of the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences. “In addition to being an accomplished academic biostatistician, Dr. Miglioretti is an internationally renowned cancer researcher whose work informs national guidelines for mammography screening. She will do a fantastic job moving the already stellar accomplishments of the division forward.”

Miglioretti replaces Laurel Beckett, who recently retired. Beckett recruited Miglioretti to UC Davis in 2013 as a professor in residence and the Dean’s Professor of Biostatistics. Prior to that, Miglioretti served on the biostatistics faculty at the University of Washington and continues her role today as a senior investigator for Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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