Alumni Profile

Lizhong Liu

Lizhong Liu

Program: MS Biostatistics
Graduation Year: 2018
Job Title: Research Analyst
Employer: University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

What motivated you to study public health?

I have a strong interest in biostatistics, I believe using data science in the medical area can help make a difference in an effective way.

Why did you choose the University of Miami for your public health degree?

Because the Miller School of Medicine has great educational resources and opportunities. Studying here is a good option to learn many great things.

Describe your career path:

Since completing my master's degree, I started to work as a research analyst with Dr. Lily Wang on DNA methylation research. My daily work is about reading study related papers, discuss our aim and procedure then work on it by processing and analyzing data using language like SAS and R, including developing our own R package and related pipeline.

How did you obtain your current position?

I was a research assistant before, when I graduated, Dr. Lily Wang asked me if I want to work with her because she thinks I have good programming skills and good grades in statistics class.

How did your master's degree prepare you for your current position?

During the program, we practiced statistics and programming.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Seeing others using the software we develop.

What are your long-term career plans/goals?

Working on areas like artificial intelligence.

What advice do you have for someone interested in your career path?

It’s never too late to learn programming.