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

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
HLA class I and II alleles in susceptibility to ankylosing spondylitis.
Reveille JD, Zhou X, Lee M, Weisman MH, Yi L, Gensler LS, Zou H, Ward MM, Ishimori ML, Learch TJ, He D, Rahbar MH, Wang J, Brown MA Ann. Rheum. Dis. 2018 Oct
Maternal Exposures Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Jamaican Children.
Christian MA, Samms-Vaughan M, Lee M, Bressler J, Hessabi M, Grove ML, Shakespeare-Pellington S, Coore Desai C, Reece JA, Loveland KA, Boerwinkle E, Rahbar MH J Autism Dev Disord 2018 Mar
Participants' perceptions of interactions with community health workers who promote behavior change: a qualitative characterization from participants with normal, depressive and anxious mood states.
Perales J, Reininger BM, Lee M, Linder SH Int J Equity Health 2018 Feb 17 1 19
Glycemic Control and Bone Turnover in Older Mexican Americans with Type 2 Diabetes.
Rianon NJ, Smith SM, Lee M, Pervin H, Musgrave P, Watt GP, Nader S, Khosla S, Ambrose CG, McCormick JB, Fisher-Hoch SP J Osteoporos 2018 2018 7153021
Environmental Exposure to Dioxins, Dibenzofurans, Bisphenol A, and Phthalates in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder Living near the Gulf of Mexico.
Rahbar MH, Swingle HM, Christian MA, Hessabi M, Lee M, Pitcher MR, Campbell S, Mitchell A, Krone R, Loveland KA, Patterson DG Int J Environ Res Public Health 2017 Nov 14 11
Exposure to a community-wide campaign is associated with physical activity and sedentary behavior among Hispanic adults on the Texas-Mexico border.
Heredia NI, Lee M, Reininger BM BMC Public Health 2017 Nov 17 1 883
Tu Salud ¡Sí Cuenta! Your Health Matters! A Community-wide Campaign in a Hispanic Border Community in Texas.
Heredia NI, Lee M, Mitchell-Bennett L, Reininger BM J Nutr Educ Behav 2017 Aug
Ethnicity and disease severity in ankylosing spondylitis a cross-sectional analysis of three ethnic groups.
Jamalyaria F, Ward MM, Assassi S, Learch TJ, Lee M, Gensler LS, Brown MA, Diekman L, Tahanan A, Rahbar MH, Weisman MH, Reveille JD Clin. Rheumatol. 2017 Aug