Anantha Shekhar,MD, PHD, Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh announced the winners of the inaugural Ascending Stars Award, an honor that recognizes highly productive, creative mid-career faculty members. As Ascending Stars, each of the four awardees receives $25,000 in research support and will give a widely publicized lecture.

The winners include Susanne Ahmari, associate professor of psychiatry; Greg Delgoffe, associate professor of immunology; and Matthew Neal, Roberta G. Simmons Associate Professor of Surgery, all in the School of Medicine, and Ying Ding, associate professor of biostatistics, School of Public Health. They were chosen from among more than 20 faculty who received recommendations for their contributions.

Ying DingDr. Ding is currently collaborating with Robert Sweet, MD and Julia Kofler, MD to analyze genotype, gene expression and protein expression signatures associated with the occurrence of psychosis in Alzheimer’s disease patients. She is a consultant in the Data Management and Statistical Core of the ADRC and a member of its Methodology Working group.

Internationally recognized for her contributions in biostatistics and data science, Dr. Ding has a primary research interest in statistical theory and methodology for time-to-event data that arise in clinical trials, epidemiology, engineering and medicine. She has a strong publication record that includes more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, five book chapters and a coedited book. Dr. Ding earned her PhD in biostatistics from the University of Michigan.