Sara C. Hamon

The Rockefeller University, USA

Before launching her company Statistical & Genetic Consulting with Dr. Kathy Klos, Dr. Sara Hamon worked at the Rockefeller University in the Laboratory of Statistical Genetics with the Allan Award winner Jurg Ott. In this capacity she worked with clinicians to determine whether genetic variants and environmental factors increase the susceptibility of developing diseases and disorders. She is a co-author on over 40 publications and abstracts in such diverse areas as cardiac research, age-related macular degeneration, and heroin addiction. Sara earned her Ph.D. in human genetics and her Master's degree in statistics from the University of Michigan. While at the University of Michigan, she taught basic statistics courses as well as statistics courses specific to human genetics, and was formally trained as a statistical geneticist. As a statistical geneticist in a department of primarily molecular biologists, she developed an ability to communicate complex mathematical concepts clearly to both students and fellow scientists. With her combined training in both genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics, she has expertise in analyzing genetic data. Her Ph.D. thesis explored the role of context dependency and interaction in human genetics. Sara earned her undergraduate degree in biology and mathematics from Cornell College. Her biology background allows her to help clients develop meaningful hypotheses with statistical analyses that reflect the biological questions being asked. Areas of expertise: Programming in R, analysis of variance, logistic regression, survival analysis, longitudinal analysis, t-tests, generalized estimating equations, non-parametric tests (e.g., Mann-Whitney, Kruskal-Wallis, and chi-square tests), correlation, statistical tests in human genetics (e.g. linkage disequilibrium, Hardy-Weinburg equilibrium, allelic, genotypic and haplotype tests and GWAS), various methods of correction for multiple testing, and permutation testing.

Biography Updated on 11 May 2011

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