I'm currently a PhD Candidate in Statistics at the University of Chicago working under Prof. Mary Sara McPeek. My research focus is in statistical genetics. Read more about it below.

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My work is on developing methods to assess significance in the context of genetic association analysis in structured samples

  • Resampling Method

    Generate replicates of a binary trait in structured samples based on a quasi-likelihood framework.

  • Moment-matching method

    Use a moment-matching approximation to assess significance for a general class of test statistics while incorporating the structure present in the sample.


J. Mbatchou, M. Abney, and M. S. McPeek. “Permutation methods for assessing significance in binary trait association mapping with structured samples.” bioRxiv (2019): 451377.
Jiang, D., J. Mbatchou, and M. S. McPeek. “Retrospective Association Analysis of Binary Traits: Overcoming Some Limitations of the Additive Polygenic Model.” Human heredity 80, no. 4 (2016): 187-195.
Nelsen, M. P., R. Lücking, J. S. Mbatchou, C. J. Andrew, A. A. Spielmann, and H. T. Lumbsch. "New insights into relationships of lichen-forming Dothideomycetes." Fungal Diversity 51, no. 1 (2011): 155-162.
Kharas, G. B., E. Hanawa, B. L. Hill, K. T. Flynn, H. Husain, J. Mbatchou, W. Paik et al. "Novel Copolymers of 4-Fluorostyrene. 8. Some Ring-Trisubstituted 2-Phenyl-1, 1-dicyanoethylenes." Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part A 48, no. 5 (2011): 327-331.
Nelsen, M. P., R. Lücking, E. Rivas Plata, and J. S. Mbatchou. "Heiomasia, a new genus in the lichen-forming family Graphidaceae (Ascomycota: Lecanoromycetes: Ostropales) with disjunct distribution in Southeastern North America and Southeast Asia." The Bryologist 113, no. 4 (2010): 742-751.
Nelsen, M. P., R. Lücking, M. Grube, J. S. Mbatchou, L. Muggia, E. Rivas Plata, and H. T. Lumbsch. "Unravelling the phylogenetic relationships of lichenised fungi in Dothideomyceta." Studies in Mycology 64 (2009): 135-144
Schoch, C. L., P. W. Crous, Johannes Z. Groenewald, E. W. A. Boehm, T. I. Burgess, J. De Gruyter, G. S. De Hoog et al. "A class-wide phylogenetic assessment of Dothideomycetes." Studies in mycology 64 (2009): 1-15.

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