Supervision (Current, Alumni, Prospective)

Trainees (Present and Alumni)

Name and website link Research Interests or Bio Image
Christopher Andrew Basham, SPPH, Graduated in 2021, Thesis C. Andrew Basham is a tuberculosis (TB) epidemiologist with a background in Environmental and Urban Studies (BA) from the University of Winnipeg. Andrew has worked with First Nations in remote communities as a health policy analyst for Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak. In his MSc thesis in the University of Manitoba, Andrew investigated differences in TB program performance between First Nations (on and off-reserve), immigrants, and Canadian-born non-First Nations, discovering important population and geographic differences in program performance in the first application of quantitative performance measurement to a Canadian TB program. Andrew then worked for the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, where he developed an interest in health administrative data linkage and analysis. Under the supervision of Drs. Ehsan Karim and James Johnston, Andrew has completed his doctoral research on TB survivor health using causal inference methods with health administrative data. Methods used included high-dimensional propensity scoring, with hybrid machine learning, directed acyclic graphs (DAGs), E-values for unmeasured confounding, and causal mediation analysis. Andrew has published extensively during his Ph.D. and is developing a new research interest in survivorship epidemiology. Andrew plans to develop a Partnership for Post-TB Health as a knowledge exchange and models of care development network.
Md. Belal Hossain, SPPH, transferred from MSc Belal Hossain is a Ph.D. student at the School of Population and Public Health, University British Columbia. He is also working with Dr. Ehsan Karim as a Graduate Research Assistant at the School. Belal did his Bachelor’s and MSc degrees in Applied Statistics from the University of Dhaka. A recurring theme in his research is analyzing complex survey data collected through stratification and cluster sampling. He is motivated to develop and apply his skills within the public health realm through working experiences with various healthcare institutes in Bangladesh. Under Dr. Karim’s guidance, Belal has been working with causal inference methods to estimate treatment effects in trials with incomplete medication adherence, integrating machine learning approaches within the framework of causal inference, and applying/adapting these innovative and emerging techniques in real-life epidemiological data analysis. His current research interests include biostatistics and epidemiology, focusing on causal inference from observational studies and clinical trials with medication nonadherence, and machine learning and deep learning approaches in risk score prediction from a large healthcare database.
Fardowsa Yusuf, SPPH Multiple sclerosis, data mining, clustering; jointly supervised with Helen Tremlett. Awarded the CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award for her research on the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) prodrome.
Hanna Frank, SPPH Hanna Frank is an PhD student at the UBC School of Population and Public Health, where she is currently performing research under the supervision of Dr. Ehsan Karim. She gained a background in mathematics, statistics, and computer science through the completion of a BSc in mathematical sciences at the University of British Columbia. She has worked in the industry at the German chemical company BASF to analyze agricultural research data, and at the Vancouver start-up Thrive Health to analyze COVID-19 data for presentation in interactive statistics dashboards. Her research interests focus on the use of data science in health care, and she is currently working on a project looking at the use of machine learning in propensity score methods in epidemiology.
Name and website link Research Interests or Bio Image
Eric Sanders, Statistics, Graduated 2019, Thesis After completing BSc in Statistics at Queen’s University and MSc in Statistics with a Biostatistics specialization at the University of British Columbia (MSc thesis jointly supervised by Prof. Paul Gustafson and Dr. Ehsan Karim), Eric Sanders began working at TD Bank in Toronto, where he now holds a position as a Senior Risk Analyst. Research projects he has been involved with over the years include RCT analysis in pragmatic clinical trial settings, artificial light at night exposure and its supposed link to cancer risks, and avian influenza rates and varieties in waterfowl populations.
Lucy Mosquera, Statistics, Graduated 2020, Thesis Lucy Mosquera has a background in biology and mathematics, having completed her BSc at Queen’s University in Kingston and her MSc in statistics at the University of British Columbia. She is motivated by problems at the intersection of healthcare and data science, specifically ways to make health research more efficient. Under the supervision of Dr. Ehsan Karim, Lucy’s MSc. thesis compared causal inference methods to recover the true effect of receiving a new treatment when trial participants do not adhere to the treatment protocol. She has provided data management support to clinical trials and observational studies at Kingston General Hospital in the past. Currently, she is focused on methods to make better use of existing data through synthetic data generation to enable widespread data sharing at the start-up Replica Analytics.
Mohammad Abdullah Heel Kafi, SPPH, Graduated 2021, Thesis Effect modification in propensity score
Name Research Interests and activities
Jingyi Huang, Statistics, Graduated 2018 Simulating complex cross-sectional and longitudinal data based on hypothesized causal diagrams; jointly supervised with Hubert Wong. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she joined as a Biostatistics M.Sc. Student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Yang Qu, Statistics Data wrangling (R, Python)
An Hoang, Foresry Data wrangling (R, Python)
Name Research Interests Department
Michael Asamoah-Boaheng, CORSIP, Started 2021 Discriminant analysis, Classification, time series, epidemiology, medical statistics. Jointly supervised by Brian Grunau. UBC Emergency Medicine
Name Research Interests Primary Supervisor Program Department Graduation Year
Mohammad Atiquzzaman Osteoarthritis, mediation analysis, plasmode simulation Aslam Anis PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences 2019, Thesis
Steve Kanters Network meta analysis, Bayesian analysis, IPD, HIV Nick Bansback PhD SPPH 2019, Thesis
Molly Sweeney Magee Colorectal Cancer and missing data Trevor Dummer PhD SPPH 2021, Thesis
Derek Ouyang Stepped-wedge Trial, and power Hubert Wong PhD SPPH 2021, Thesis
Katherine McLeod Prison health policy, time-dependent modelling Jane Buxton PhD SPPH 2021, Thesis
Dahn Jeong Hepatitis C and time-dependent modelling, causal inference Naveed Janjua PhD SPPH ongoing
Randip Gill Childhood Poverty, Immigration, Mental Health, Educational Trajectories Anne Gadermann PhD SPPH ongoing
Kamila Romanowski Tuberculosis long-term impacts and trajectories James Johnson PhD Respiratory Medicine ongoing
Taraneh Bahremand Utilization and safety studies of inhaled pharmacotherapies in COPD Mohsen Sadatsafavi MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences 2021, Thesis
Stephen van Gaal Carotid endarterectomy, administrative data, data science and data mining Jason Sutherland MSc SPPH Ongoing
Liang Xu Stepped-wedge trial and sample size Hubert Wong MSc SPPH Ongoing

Available to supervise

I am currently looking for a postdoctoral researchers and multiple graduate students (current and prospective) for a number of projects (with methodologic focuses within epidemiologic contexts). See program of research for details about my research. Following are few examples:

Instructions to Apply

Graduate students in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, economics or computer science with strong methodological expertise in statistics (as well as statistical computing) are encouraged to contact me directly; particularly those with some of the following skills:

Applications without the components mentioned below will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please do not email multiple times.

Interested candidates should email me (at my UBC email address) the following:

  1. a cover letter (2 pages max), mentioning all of the following:
  1. a complete CV, including
  1. full publication record (particularly list publications in methodological (statistical and epidemiological) journals in separate sections, if any)
  1. copy of the unofficial transcripts (post-secondary), and
  2. If you are coming from an institution where English is not used as the first language, also include your TOEFL (iBT), IELTS or equivalent scores in your CV.