Nilanjan Chatterjee, Ph.D., Chief of the Biostatistics Branch, was named the 2013 Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lecturer by the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Dr. Chatterjee presented his lecture titled “Genetic architecture of complex diseases: Implications for discovery, prediction and prevention” at HSPH in September.
Each year, the Myrto Lefkopoulou Lectureship is awarded to a promising statistician who has made contributions to either collaborative or methodologic research in the applications of statistical methods to biology or medicine and/or who has shown excellence in the teaching of biostatistics. Usually, the lectureship is given to a statistician who has earned a doctorate within the past 15 years. The lecture is presented to a general scientific audience as the first Department of Biostatistics colloquium of each academic year.
The lectureship was established in perpetuity in memory of Dr. Myrto Lefkopoulou, a faculty member and graduate of HSPH who died of cancer in 1992 at the age of 34.