Clinical Climate Change 2022 Speaker: Bian Liu, PhD

Bian Liu, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Bian Liu, PhD

Bian Liu, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has cross-disciplinary training and expertise in environmental health, epidemiology and biostatistics. Dr. Liu investigates population-level distributions and determinants of health under normal conditions, as well as in the context of natural hazards and man-made disasters. Her research takes a life-course perspective to study how the places where people live throughout their lives have an impact on their exposure, health related behavior, and health outcomes, and in return, how these space and time related factors at the personal, institutional, and neighborhood level can be used to improve population-level disease preventions and controls. To uncover these underlying patterns, Dr. Liu applies statistical and machine-learning methods (e.g. cluster analysis, latent class analysis, propensity score methods, random forest, scan statistics, geographic weighted regression, etc.) to large databases (e.g. national health surveys, claims data, cancer registry data, census data, air pollution data, etc.), and collaborates with researchers from different disciplines. These efforts are in part reflected in her over 100 publications on a broad range of health topics, including exposures to environmental stressors (e.g. air pollutants and heat) and their impact on respiratory health, cognitive functioning, cancer, and mortality. She also enjoys teaching and gardening.

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