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Wansu Chen, PhD, MS

Research Scientist II

Division of Epidemiologic Research




Dr. Wansu Chen is a clinical informatics scientist in the Division of Epidemiology within the Department of Research & Evaluation.  With a background in both biostatistics and computer science, Dr. Chen’s research focuses on the application of machine learning and statistical methods to predict risks of various medical conditions for the purpose of early detection and better management of these conditions.

Dr. Chen also collaborates with biomedical engineers to analyze CT and pathology images and use image-based biomarkers to predict specific cancers.  Recently, she collaborated with a natural language processing specialist to extract early symptoms of pancreatic cancer from clinical notes.

Areas of Focus

  • Risk prediction using machine learning and statistical methods
  • Pancreatic cancer early detection
  • Asthma and chronic cough management
  • Stroke and dementia prevention in patients with silent cerebrovascular disease


PhD, Biostatistics
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
MS, Biostatistics
University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
MS, Medical Statistics
Shanghai Medical University II
Shanghai, China
BS, Computer Science
Fudan University
Shanghai, China