Dr. MinJae Lee joined Department of Population & Data Sciences and Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center as an Associate Professor in March, 2020. Prior to joining UTSW, she served as an Associate/Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in Division of Clinical & Translational Sciences at University of Texas McGovern Medical School, UTHealth (2012-2020), and a Research Instructor of Biostatistics at School of Medicine, Magee-Womens Research Institute, University of Pittsburgh (2010-2012). Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. degree in Biostatistics at Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh in 2010. 

Dr. Lee has developed successful collaborations with research investigators of various specialties and actively participated in publications and grant submissions for the various studies that involve the application of advanced statistical analysis methods. As a result of her extensive collaborative/scientific research activities including cancer prevention/behavioral intervention trials, acute/chronic disease biomarkers analysis, maternal/child health studies, and multi-site longitudinal studies, Dr. Lee became familiar with varying levels of statistical/epidemiological challenges in analyzing complex data; she identified the areas requiring methodologic development and provided solutions to address clinically relevant questions by developing innovative statistical methods and illustrating their proper applications to real data. Dr. Lee developed multiple statistical approaches based on quantile regression, non-/semi-parametric statistical methods or Bayesian methodology to deal with various types of measurement errors in self-reported data, truncated/censored values due to limit of detections in biomarkers or environmental measurements, missing values in longitudinal/multi-level data under various mechanisms. She has also contributed to the university through teaching and serving on committees across campuses. She is a member of American Statistical Associations and an active reviewer/associate editor of several statistical and clinical journals.

Research Interest

  • Development of statistical methods for analyzing censored/truncated biomarkers or environmental measurements subject to detection limits
  • Imputation/estimation methods development for handling missing and/or censored values in longitudinal data
  • Measurement errors in self-reported data
  • Methodology for data management/quality assurance
  • Multi-level/longitudinal data analysis methods
  • Semi-/non-parametric statistical methods
  • Statistical analysis and design for cancer prevention/behavioral intervention trials
  • Statistical challenges of epidemiological research in maternal/child health
  • Translational research


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Health coaching to encourage obese adults to enroll in commercially-available weight management programs: The path to health study.
Heredia NI, Lee M, Hwang KO, Reininger BM, Fernandez ME, McNeill LH, Contemp Clin Trials 2019 Aug 83 1-9
DataGauge: A Practical Process for Systematically Designing and Implementing Quality Assessments of Repurposed Clinical Data.
Diaz-Garelli JF, Bernstam EV, Lee M, Hwang KO, Rahbar MH, Johnson TR, EGEMS (Wash DC) 2019 Jul 7 1 32
Cardiovascular health and dementia incidence among older adults in Latin America: Results from the 10/66 study.
Perales-Puchalt J, Vidoni ML, Llibre Rodríguez J, Vidoni ED, Billinger S, Burns J, Guerchet M, Lee M, Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2019 07 34 7 1041-1049
Hispanic adults' physical activity and sedentary behavior profiles: examining existing data to drive prospective research.
Heredia NI, Lee M, Reininger BM, J Public Health (Oxf) 2019 Jun
Moving Beyond Gleason Scoring.
Miles B, Ittmann M, Wheeler T, Sayeeduddin M, Cubilla A, Rowley D, Bu P, Ding Y, Gao Y, Lee M, Ayala GE, Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med. 2019 05 143 5 565-570
Successful Smoking Cessation Associated with Walking Behavior in Patients with Claudication.
Sharath SE, Lee M, Kougias P, Taylor WC, Zamani N, Barshes NR, Ann Vasc Surg 2019 Apr 56 287-293
Multi-omics Integration Analysis Robustly Predicts High-Grade Patient Survival and Identifies CPT1B Effect on Fatty Acid Metabolism in Bladder Cancer.
Vantaku V, Dong J, Ambati CR, Perera D, Donepudi SR, Amara CS, Putluri V, Ravi SS, Robertson MJ, Piyarathna DWB, Villanueva M, von Rundstedt FC, Karanam B, Ballester LY, Terris MK, Bollag RJ, Lerner SP, Apolo AB, Villanueva H, Lee M, Sikora AG, Lotan Y, Sreekumar A, Coarfa C, Putluri N, Clin. Cancer Res. 2019 Mar
The Longitudinal Relationship Between Social Support and Physical Activity in Hispanics.
Heredia NI, Walker TJ, Lee M, Reininger BM Am J Health Promot 2019 Feb 890117119828919
The combined effect of physical activity and sedentary behavior on subclinical atherosclerosis: a cross-sectional study among Mexican Americans.
Walker TJ, Heredia NI, Lee M, Laing ST, Fisher-Hoch SP, McCormick JB, Reininger BM BMC Public Health 2019 Feb 19 1 161
Weight loss and weight gain among participants in a community-based weight loss Challenge.
Funk MD, Lee M, Vidoni ML, Reininger BM BMC Obes 2019 6 2