The Dartmouth QBS community is at the forefront of creating solutions to previously unsolved problems. They exhibit academic excellence and tenacity, innovating across disciplines to develop the most effective outcomes. Read more below about events and people in the QBS community.
QBS MS student Isimeme Udu speaks to Rolling Stone about making music and being compared to Prince, while carrying a full load of challenging courses.
Aaron McKenna, PhD, an assistant professor of molecular and systems biology at the Geisel School of Medicine, is the recipient of a $1.5 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) New Innovator Award given annually by the NIH Director’s Office to exceptionally creative scientists proposing high-risk, high-impact research.
QBS PhD Candidate Ze Zhang, has been awarded a 2022 Neukom Prize for Outstanding Graduate Research in Computational Science.  Ze is a member of the Salas Lab working with his mentor Lucas Salas, MD, PhD, MPH on his innovative tumor cell project.  Read more here

Britt Goods, PhD, an assistant professor of engineering and QBS faculty member, participated in a new analysis which shows how milk-producing cells change over time in nursing mothers while a post-doc at MIT.
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Dartmouth Study Reveals Flaws in Statistical Modeling Approach Used in Health Services Research
Findings from a new study conducted jointly at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, and published in Health Services Research, highlight the statistical drawbacks of one form of analysis commonly used in health services research while demonstrating the benefits of another. Read more here
QBS MD-PhD students doing great things!  QBS student MD-PhD students Yasmin Kamal MD-PhD '22 and Marek Svoboda, MD-PhD ' 24 are lead authors on the paper: “Science Scholars Curriculum: Integrating Scientific Research into Undergraduate Medical Education through a Comprehensive Student-Led Preclinical Elective,” published in MedEdPORTAL. Together, Kamal and Svoboda worked to help create a unique curriculum in the Geisel Medical School to expose future physicians to scientific research who are interested in becoming physician-scientists.  Read more here
  Alumni News!  Matthew Davis, PhD, MPH, a 2014 graduate of QBS has received University of Michigan's Henry Russel Award, the university's highest honor for faculty members at the early to mid-stages of their careers. Read more here
Dartmouth welcomed 37 new tenured or tenure-track faculty members to the community this academic year (20/21). Two of these new faculty members are QBS Faculty members,  Lucas Salas and Caitlin Howe.  Read more about all of the new faculty here
Barbara Jobst, MD, was recently named the next Chair of the Department of Neurology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth's School of Medicine.  Dr. Jobst is a member of the QBS Faculty.  Read more about Dr. Jobst here and here
Yasmin Kamal MD-PhD'22, who recently completed her PhD in computational tumor immunology was featured in the Fall, 2020 issue of  Dartmouth Medicine, The Magazine of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Yasmin is now in her third year of medical school at the Geisel School of Medicine.  Read more here
Scott Gerber, PhD, QBS Associate Director, QBS Faculty Member and professor of molecular and systems biology and of biochemistry and cell biology at the Geisel School of Medicine was featured in the Fall, 2020 issue of Dartmouth Medicine, The Magazine of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.  Read more here
QBS Faculty Member and Associate Professor of Computer Science, Gevorg Grigoryan has received support from Dartmouth's Technology Transfer Office in the launch of his start-up company, Generate Biomedicines.  Read more here
Several QBS affiliated faculty and scientists have received promotions from the Geisel School of Medicine.  QBS extends our sincere congratulations to them.  Read more about them here
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QBS Faculty Member and Associate Professor of Engineering, Solomon Diamond and his team have designed and created non-medical face masks with higher protection that standard face masks.  Read more here about this amazing effort to help our community here .
Christiaan Rees, 2018 QBS PhD graduate and soon to be a graduate of Geisel School of Medicine stands ready to serve in the fight against Covid-19.  Read more here.
QBS Faculty, Nicolas Jacobsen, PhD and James O’Malley, PhD and QBS Students, Damien Lekkas and George Price recently authored and published a research brief examining the impact of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders on mental health -related Google search behavior. Read more here
Jennifer Emond, MS, PhD, assistant professor of Biomedical Data Science and Pediatrics and QBS Faculty Member, has published the results of her year long study that provides evidence that fast food intake leads to weight gain in preschoolers.   Read more here.
Scott Gerber, PhD, professor of professor of molecular and systems biology and of biochemistry and cell biology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, QBS faculty member, and program director of the Cancer Biology and Therapeutics Research Program at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC), has been named the Kenneth E. and Carol L. Weg Distinguished Professor. An expert in mass spectrometry and proteomics, Gerber is the first to hold this newly established professorship given by Kenneth Weg D ’60 and his wife, Carol Weg. Read more here.

Christiaan Rees, 2018 QBS PhD graduate and fourth year Geisel School of Medicine student was recently named a 2019-20 Syvertsen Scholar.  Dr. Rees' PhD research focused primarily on the use of computational methods, including machine learning techniques, to identify biomarkers produced by pathogenic bacteria and fungi. Read more here.
"With great power comes great responsibility." Forbes Magazine interviews Dr. Alexander Titus, a 2018 Graduate of QBS, now the Assistant Director of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Technology in the US Department of Defense. Read more here.
Geisel’s Quantitative Biomedical Sciences Program Graduates First 4+1 Student: Despina Karalis D '18, Guarini '19 is the first "4+1 student" to receive a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS) program. Read more here.

Geisel Receives $12.5 Million NIH COBRE Grant to Establish Center for Quantitative Biology: "The training we’ve done with grad students in our QBS program has been very successful in merging different fields,” says lead principle investigator, Dr. Mike Whitfield. “The big focus now will be to take that to the faculty level and encourage people to cross disciplines and work together in ways that are really more than the sum of their parts.” Read more here.

Saeed Hassanpour, PhD, a QBS faculty member and an assistant professor of biomedical data science and of epidemiology at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, and of computer science at Dartmouth College, has received the 2019 Agilent Early Career Professor Award. Read more here.
Research from Dartmouth’s Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program formed the backbone of technical information used by the state of New Hampshire in its recent decision to reduce arsenic levels in public drinking water in the state. Read more here. Epidemiology Department Chair, Margaret Karagas, PhD, a QBS faculty member is the Director of  Dartmouth's Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program.  She is also Director of the Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center and Center for Molecular Epidemiology.
Two undergraduate students who are students of two QBS faculty members have been awarded the prestigious Goldwater scholarship.  Jason Wei '20 is a student of Professor Saeed Hassenpour and Emma Easterman '20 is a student of Professor Olga Zhaxybayeva.  Congratulations to Jason and Emma!   Read more here.
Jennifer Emond, MS, PhD, assistant professor of  Biomedical Data Science and Pediatrics and QBS Faculty Member is leading a Dartmouth research team aimed to extend previous research and develop a brief, parent-reported scale to measure external food cue responsiveness for preschool-age children that could be employed easily in their natural environments.Their study, Measurement of external food cue responsiveness in preschool-age children: Preliminary evidence for the use of the external food cue responsiveness scale is newly published in the journal, AppetiteRead more here.
James O’Malley, MS, PhD, a professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and of biomedical data science at the Geisel School of Medicine and director of the Program in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences, has received the 2019 ISPOR (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research) Award for Excellence in Health Economics and Outcomes Research Methodology. Read more here.
Duane Compton, Dean of the Geisel Medical School has announced that Michael L. Whitfield, PhD, has been named the chair of the Department of Biomedical Data Science at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. Read more here.

Saeed Hassanpour, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science and of Epidemiology and a QBS Faculty member, “Clinical implementation of our system would be able to assist pathologists for accurate classification of lung cancer subtypes, which is critical for prognosis and treatment.”

Geisel Announces New Master of Science Degree in Quantitative Epidemiology “I am very pleased to launch this new degree program that brings together our faculty from different disciplines to cross-train students in epidemiology, bioinformatics, and biostatistics to prepare them for a variety of future professional experiences,” says Duane Compton, PhD, dean of Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. Read More

Megan Romano, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of epidemiology and QBS faculty member, leads a project investigating perfluoroalkyl substances and their effect on gestational weight gain, breastfeeding, and early life growth.  The project, funded by a National Institutes of Health COBRE grant (Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence), is entitled "Effects of Perfluoroalkyl Substances on Gestational Weight Gain, Breastfeeding, and Early Life Growth"Read an article about this research as published in the New Hampshire Union Leader.  Read the article here.

New Machine Learning Method Could Spare Some Women from Unnecessary Breast Surgery
A Dartmouth research team,  led by QBS and Biomedical Data Science faculty member Saeed Hassanpour, found a machine learning method to predict the likelihood that a high-risk ADH breast lesion is cancerous, potentially saving some women from unnecessary surgeries and overtreatment. Read more

Kwame Wiredu, 1st year PhD student awarded scholarship to MDI Biological Laboratory’s 2019 Applied Bioinformatics Program

Each year, MDI Laboratories organize hands-on Applied Bioinformatics program for early career scientists interested in incorporating bioinformatics into their research. This year, Kwame Wiredu (1st year QBS PhD Student) is one of 2 students receiving full sponsorship from the Dartmouth Lung Biology Center to represent the college in Salisbury Cove, Maine this Summer for the Applied Bioinformatics course. Kwame is passionate about molecular epidemiology and biomarker discovery and is constantly exploring avenues to acquire new skills for his career goal. This course will employ tools such as UNIX command line, Galaxy, Bio-conductor, Biomart, the UCSC Genome Browser, KEGG, Gene Ontology, random forests, and support vector machines to mine meaningful insights into biomedical data such as human or mouse gene expression.

QBS and TDI faculty member James O’Malley publishes article in Statistics in Medicine

The paper “Modeling a Bivariate Residential-Workplace Neighborhood Effect when Estimating the Effect of Proximity to Fast-Food Establishments on Body Mass Index” by James O’Malley and colleagues was published online in Statistics in Medicine on November 20, 2018 ( paper makes an important advance in the statistical methodology for hierarchical models by allowing the latent or random effects of a neighborhood to have a bivariate impact through both residential and workplace exposure to fast-food establishments on an individuals’ Body Mass Index (BMI). The paper solves a general gap in at the intersection of statistical methodology and statistical computing that occurs when a clustering variable impacts outcomes through multiple possibly correlated forms of exposure. The research team was led by Dr. James O'Malley and included colleagues at Dartmouth, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, all co-authors on this paper.

QBS and Biomedical Data Science Faculty member Jennifer Emond quoted in Reuters Article

“These young children don’t buy these cereals on their own. Instead, it’s likely that children see TV ads for these cereals and then ask their parents to buy the advertised brands,” says the assistant professor of biomedical data science and of pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine.
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Geisel Researchers Employ Machine Learning on Instagram Data to Identify Substance Use Risk
Results from an innovative new study conducted by a team of researchers at Geisel, including QBS faculty member Saeed Hassanpour, are the first to show that machine learning approaches can be used to identify potential substance use risk behavior, such as alcohol use, among social media users. Read more

Stem Cell Transplantation May Aid Hard-to-Treat Scleroderma Patients
Results from a new study led by researchers, Michael Whitfield and Jennifer Franks, at Geisel and presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago, showed that stem cell transplantation was beneficial to scleroderma patients who don’t respond to current immunosuppressive therapies. Read more

Dartmouth Institute Receives $3.5M Grant for Research Aimed at Preventing Acute Kidney Injury During Cardiac Catheterization
A research team led by Dartmouth Institute Associate Professor Jeremiah Brown, PhD, MS, recently was awarded a $3.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH) to test preventative interventions for acute kidney injury (AKI) occurring as the result of cardiac catheterization. Read more 

Dartmouth Institute Research Updates: Better Information = Better Health Outcomes
New study on referral paths in the U.S. physician network related to U.S. cardiovascular treatment records; a better way to measure long-term survival rate for carotid endarterectomy (CEA) vs. carotid stenting (CAS). Recaps of the latest Dartmouth Institute research

Barbara C. Jobst, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology at the Geisel School of Medicine and section chief in the department of neurology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, has been named the Louis and Ruth Frank Professor in Neuroscience.

Dr. Diane Gilbert Diamond, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Associate Director of QBS, has been awarded two grants by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH). Dr. Gilbert- Diamond was awarded an R01 (NIH Research Project Grant) in July of 2018. This study will employ a multidisciplinary approach to study childhood obesity and potential interactions between genetic factors and environmental food cues on brain reward system activity and excess consumption. This study is critical to understanding the etiology of child obesity and guiding future obesity prevention research. Read more

Dr. Gilbert-Diamond was also awarded an R21 (NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant) in September of 2018. This research aims to investigate the causal pathways among media multi-tasking, attention to food cues and eating in the absence of hunger. This research is critical to understanding the effects of the prevalent practice of media multi-tasking on cued overeating that may have important public health consequences. Read more

Dr. Annie Hoen was awarded an R01 in biomedical informatics from the National Library of Medicine in August, 2018. The work funded by this grant will build new computational tools for integrating multi-omic data for quantitatively describing the interactions within human-associated microbial communities, and how they can be associated with disease risk. Also contributing to this work are Dr. Margaret Karagas, Dr. Juliette Madan and Dr. Jason Moore and Dr. Hongzhe Li at University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hoen is welcomes inquiries from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in developing projects related to these goals. Read more