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Meet Brian Kwan

Tell us a bit about your background: I grew up in Los Angeles County. I attended UC Irvine for my undergraduate studies and majored in mathematics. After graduation, I attended the Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh and developed a keen interest in graduate studies in biostatistics. In my free time, I enjoy running and watching NBA basketball.

What are you studying/researching at UC San Diego? I am part of the inaugural class of students for UC San Diego’s Biostatistics Ph.D. program. I'm currently conducting my dissertation research in characterizing diabetic kidney disease progression using metabolomic markers and functional data methods and plan to graduate by Spring 2021.

Tell us about your professional experience since coming to UC San Diego. Have you held any internships or been a TA? I am part of the inaugural class of students for UC San Diego’s Biostatistics Ph.D. program. I'm currently conducting my dissertation research in characterizing diabetic kidney disease progression using metabolomic markers and functional data methods and plan to graduate by Spring 2021.

Tell us about your campus and community involvement at UC San Diego: As co-president of the newly established American Statistical Association (ASA) Student Chapter at UC San Diego, I am involved in building and fostering a supportive community of students interested in statistics by providing educational and social opportunities that enrich their academic experiences. Furthermore, I am actively involved in campus outreach in spreading awareness about UC San Diego’s educational and professional resources in biostatistics.

Have you received any fellowships? I was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP) in 2018. The NSF-GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in the early stages of their pursuit of a research-based master's or doctoral degree.

Why UC San Diego? I chose to attend UC San Diego’s Biostatistics doctorate program because it provides the optimal combination of rigorous training in mathematical theory, computational tools, and collaborative skills for my aspiration to be a future leader in the field of biostatistics. I enjoy the affable and dynamic environments on campus that continuously motivate me to proactively learn from my fellow Tritons.