In September, Lindsey Wu joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) as a guest researcher through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-NIH Research Scholars Program.
Ms. Wu received her B.A. in statistics from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she wrote a thesis on heterogeneous ensemble methods in data classification. After graduation, she taught high school mathematics at the Munich International School in Germany for two years before returning to the United States and beginning medical school at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She has finished her third year at Duke and is interested in internal medicine as well as research in epidemiology and health services. Under the mentorship of Amy Berrington de González, D.Phil. (REB), Ms. Wu plans to work with the SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results) database to investigate patterns of sarcomas as second malignancies according to their histology and location and in relation to previous treatment with radiotherapy. Ms. Wu also is evaluating aspects of breast cancer screening among high-risk women under the mentorship of Mitchell H. Gail, M.D., Ph.D., Biostatistics Branch.
The HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program was established in 1985 to give outstanding students at U.S. medical and dental schools the opportunity to receive research training at NIH.