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

Concentrations of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and Organochlorine Pesticides in Umbilical Cord Blood Serum of Newborns in Kingston, Jamaica.
Rahbar MH, Samms-Vaughan M, Hessabi M, Dickerson AS, Lee M, Bressler J, Tomechko SE, Moreno EK, Loveland KA, Desai CC, Shakespeare-Pellington S, Reece JA, Morgan R, Geiger MJ, O'Keefe ME, Grove ML, Boerwinkle E Int J Environ Res Public Health 2016 Oct 13 10
Neuronal Trans-Differentiation in Prostate Cancer Cells.
Farach A, Ding Y, Lee M, Creighton C, Delk NA, Ittmann M, Miles B, Rowley D, Farach-Carson MC, Ayala GE Prostate 2016 Oct 76 14 1312-25
Acute splenic responses in patients with ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage.
Vahidy FS, Parsha KN, Rahbar MH, Lee M, Bui TT, Nguyen C, Barreto AD, Bambhroliya AB, Sahota P, Yang B, Aronowski J, Savitz SI J. Cereb. Blood Flow Metab. 2016 Jun 36 6 1012-21
Antivirus immune activity in multiple sclerosis correlates with MRI activity.
Latham LB, Lee MJ, Lincoln JA, Ji N, Forsthuber TG, Lindsey JW, Acta Neurol. Scand. 2016 Jan 133 1 17-24
Residential radon and birth defects: A population-based assessment.
Langlois PH, Lee M, Lupo PJ, Rahbar MH, Cortez RK, Birth Defects Res. Part A Clin. Mol. Teratol. 2016 Jan 106 1 5-15
Catov et al. Respond to "Troubling Trends in Birth Weight".
Catov JM, Lee M, Roberts JM, Xu J, Simhan HN Am. J. Epidemiol. 2016 Jan 183 1 26-7
Cirrhosis and Advanced Fibrosis in Hispanics in Texas: The Dominant Contribution of Central Obesity.
Jiao J, Watt GP, Lee M, Rahbar MH, Vatcheva KP, Pan JJ, McCormick JB, Fisher-Hoch SP, Fallon MB, Beretta L, PLoS ONE 2016 11 3 e0150978
Tu Salud, ¡Si Cuenta!: Exposure to a community-wide campaign and its associations with physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption among individuals of Mexican descent.
Reininger BM, Mitchell-Bennett L, Lee M, Gowen RZ, Barroso CS, Gay JL, Saldana MV, Soc Sci Med 2015 Oct 143 98-106
Vatcheva KP, Fisher-Hoch SP, Rahbar MH, Lee M, Olvera RL, Mccormick JB, Diabetes Res. 2015 Sep 1 4 103-112
Sleep quality in women seeking care for pelvic organ prolapse.
Ghetti C, Lee M, Oliphant S, Okun M, Lowder JL Maturitas 2015 Feb 80 2 155-61