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

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
Parental Perceptions of the Importance of Adolescent Mental Health Information
Jackson FL, Lee M, Morrison PK, Davis EM, Miller E, Akers AY. Health & social work 2015 3 40 e117-e125.
A novel scale to assess psychosis in patients with parkinson's disease.
Ondo WG, Sarfaraz S, Lee M, J Clin Mov Disord 2015 2 17
Diagnostic outcome of muscle biopsy.
Shaibani A, Jabari D, Jabbour M, Arif C, Lee M, Rahbar MH Muscle Nerve 2014 Sep
Epidemiology of bacterial meningitis in the USA from 1997 to 2010: a population-based observational study.
Castelblanco RL, Lee M, Hasbun R Lancet Infect Dis 2014 Sep 14 9 813-9
Role of fruits, grains, and seafood consumption in blood cadmium concentrations of Jamaican children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Rahbar MH, Samms-Vaughan M, Dickerson AS, Loveland KA, Ardjomand-Hessabi M, Bressler J, Lee M, Shakespeare-Pellington S, Grove ML, Pearson DA, Boerwinkle E Res Autism Spectr Disord 2014 Sep 8 9 1134-1145
The Relationship Between Race, Inflammation and Psychosocial Factors Among Pregnant Women.
Catov JM, Flint M, Lee M, Roberts JM, Abatemarco DJ Matern Child Health J 2014 Jun
New population based reference values for spinal mobility measures based on the NHANES 2009-10.
Assassi S, Weisman MH, Lee M, Savage L, Diekman L, Graham TA, Rahbar MH, Schall JI, Gensler LS, Deodhar AA, Clegg DO, Colbert RA, Reveille JD Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.) 2014 Apr