Student Name: Zimeng (Parker) Xie Portrait
Advisor: Dr. Gary Chan
Degree Program: PhD, Biostatistics
Campus Address: Box 357232, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-7232
Email Address:
CV/Resume: CV/Resume (pdf)

I am a second-year PhD student from Zhengzhou, China. I graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in biostatistics in May 2016. My primary research interests are HIV/AIDS, clinical trials, and Bayesian statistics.

As an independent study project, I am working with Dr. Kenneth Rice on the topic of shrinkage estimators. Specifically, we are investigating the expected loss of sample mean and the James-Stein estimator of the multivariate normal distribution under a novel loss function through simulation studies. We are also interested in visualizing the behavior of the loss through grids of graphs. I also have served as a teaching assistant for both first-year applied biostatistics courses for the 2017-2018 academic year.

I enjoy classical music, especially those composed by F. F. Chopin. My other hobbies are contract bridge, randomly browsing Wikipedia entries, playing video games, and any combination of walking/hiking/mountain climbing.