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Jennifer West

Jen West earned her master’s degree in Statistics from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining the Center for Biostatistics and Health Data Science team, she worked as a Research Analyst in the Virginia Tech office of Strategic Analysis where she cleaned and wrangled data, wrote SQL, SAS, and R scripts, and collaborated across campus to create actionable insights through visualizations and data analysis.  Her data visualizations along with her research colleagues’ published manuscript won the 2018 N4A Research Award for the Student Athlete-Services Profession.  After graduation, she co-developed and taught Epidemiology and Quantitative Methods in Public Health lab for MPH students.  While pursuing graduate studies, she worked as a lead collaborator in the Statistical Applications and Innovations Group providing walk-in and long-term consulting, reviewing grant proposals, and writing statistical guide sheets and an R short course in logistic regression.  While engaging in team science with the Center for Biostatistics and Health Data Science, she has performed survey tool validation, time-to-event analysis, and survival analysis using R and SAS statistical computing software.  She has worked on qualitative theme extraction, TriNetX and REDCap data management,  and survey development.  She continues to contribute to education and outreach by serving as a Virginia Tech CMDA capstone project mentor and writing R labs for introductory biostatistics students.  Her personal interests include all sorts of dynamical systems from pure math, to evolution and extinction, to infectious disease transmission and spread.