April 28, 2009, Research Triangle Park, NC - Xingdong Feng from the University of Illinois (Urbana-
Champaign) will begin work as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS)
beginning June 1. NISS is a research institution created by the statistics professional societies to identify,
catalyze and foster high-impact, cross- disciplinary and cross-sector research involving the statistical sciences.
Feng will focus on the Clinical Proteomic Technology Assessment for Cancer (CPTAC), a program run by the National Cancer Institute along with five major research centers across the United States. The CPTAC program is a five-year, $104 million initiative to build the foundation of technologies, data, reagents and reference materials, analysis systems, and infrastructure needed to systematically advance proteinbiology for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. NISS' role is to provide statistical expertiseand guidance on the project and to develop specific statistical methodology for proteomics research. NISS isalso working with the five centers to analyze their combined data from their multi-center studies in order tomaximize the information to be gained from these large research efforts in proteomics.
Feng's dissertation is titled "Dimensionality of Data Matrices with Applications to Gene Expression Profiles."
He graduated from Nanjing University in China with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1999 and from Renmin University of China with an M.A. in economics in 2002. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009.
The National Institute of Statistical Sciences was established in 1990 by the national statistics societies and the Research Triangle universities and organizations, with the mission to identify, catalyze and foster high-impact, cross-disciplinary and cross-sector research involving the statistical sciences. NISS is dedicated to strengthening and serving the national statistics community, most notably by catalyzing community members' participation in applied research driven by challenges facing government and industry. NISS also provides career development opportunities for statisticians and scientists, especially those in the formative stages of their careers. NISS is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
For more information about the NISS, go to www.niss.org.
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