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After serving as a Research Assistant in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Xu received her academic appointment in 2003 as an Assistant Professor in the Center of American Indian Health Research of the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She joined Houston Methodist Research Institute in 2007. Dr. Xu is an Associate Research Professor of Biostatistics in the Center for Outcomes Research and Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center at Houston Methodist Research Institute.

Research interests

Dr. Xu’s biostatistics work has primarily focused on cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, renal disease, and cancer. She was the biostatistician for the NIH-funded Strong Heart Study, the largest and longest longitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in American Indians.

Dr. Xu’s current biostatistics studies include NIH and DoD-funded studies in brain metastatic tumors and breast cancer.

Education/Academic qualification

Statistics, PhD, University of Waterloo, Canada

Jul 1 1999Jun 30 2003

Statistics, MS, York University, Toronto, Canada

Jul 1 1998Jun 30 1999

BSc, Sichuan University

Jul 1 1982Jun 30 1986

External positions

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Mar 1 2010 → …

Research Area Keywords

  • Outcomes, Quality & Health Care Performance
  • Systems Medicine & Bioinformatics

Free-text keywords

  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical trial data analysis
  • Survival data analysis
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Nutrition


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