our alumni

Yali Zhang, MPH ’11

As a biostatistician at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Yali Zhang analyzes and manages clinical data and provides statistical consultations—critical functions in support of RPCI’s investigators and their mission of understanding and preventing cancer. 

Zhang prepared for such a role with a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in biostatistics. Calling her UB education one of the most valuable experiences she has had, Zhang said that she was drawn to the program for its outstanding faculty members and reasonable tuition.

She completed the program’s field training at RPCI’s Department of Medicine where she analyzed data, provided summary tables and figures, cleaned and recoded data, performed data quality assurance, and attended and participated in bone and marrow transplant data management meetings.

“The field training offered me a great opportunity to not only practice what I studied in class, but to also learn practical skills and experience in clinical data management and analysis,” she said.

“I also appreciated the friendly faculty members and students, and a multidisciplinary program of biostatistics, epidemiology and public health,” she said. “What I learned from the biostatistics department helped me land my ideal job.”