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 relationship of hypovitaminosis D and IL-6 in preeclampsia.
Xu L, Lee M, Jeyabalan A, Roberts JM Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 2014 Feb 210 2 149.e1-7
Parental report of receipt of adolescent preventive health counseling services from pediatric providers.
Akers AY, Davis EM, Jackson Foster LJ, Morrison P, Sucato G, Miller E, Lee M Patient Educ Couns 2014 Feb 94 2 269-75
What Midlife Women Want from Gynecologists: A Survey of Patients in Specialty and Private Practices.
Prairie BA, Klein-Patel M, Lee M, Wisner KL, Balk JL J Womens Health (Larchmt) 2014 Jan
Immunobiology of human mucin 1 in a preclinical ovarian tumor model.
Budiu RA, Elishaev E, Brozick J, Lee M, Edwards RP, Kalinski P, Vlad AM, Oncogene 2013 Aug 32 32 3664-75
The Impact of TNF-inhibitors on radiographic progression in Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Haroon N, Inman RD, Learch TJ, Weisman MH, Lee M, Rahbar MH, Ward MM, Reveille JD, Gensler LS Arthritis Rheum. 2013 Jul
Social capital and disaster preparedness among low income Mexican Americans in a disaster prone area.
Reininger BM, Rahbar MH, Lee M, Chen Z, Alam SR, Pope J, Adams B Soc Sci Med 2013 Apr 83 50-60
Preterm Birth and Future Maternal Blood Pressure, Inflammation, and Intimal-medial Thickness: The CARDIA Study.
Catov JM, Lewis CE, Lee M, Wellons MF, Gunderson EP Hypertension 2013 Mar 61 3 641-6
Haptoglobin phenotype, angiogenic factors, and preeclampsia risk.
Weissgerber TL, Roberts JM, Jeyabalan A, Powers RW, Lee M, Datwyler SA, Gandley RE, Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 2012 Apr 206 4 358.e10-8
Duration and magnitude of hypotension and monocyte deactivation in patients with community-acquired pneumonia.
Simon PM, Delude RL, Lee M, Kong L, Guzik LJ, Huang DT, Angus DC, Kellum JA, Shock 2011 Dec 36 6 553-9
Plasma neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin predicts recovery from acute kidney injury following community-acquired pneumonia.
Srisawat N, Murugan R, Lee M, Kong L, Carter M, Angus DC, Kellum JA, Kidney Int. 2011 Sep 80 5 545-52