Marlena Bannick

Hello! I am a third-year PhD Student in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington.

What do I work on?

My research interests include the design and analysis of clinical trials, statistical learning, and population health. I am co-advised by Dr. Noah Simon and Dr. Ting Ye. Our current research is on inconsistent covariate adjustment in group sequential trials and covariate adjustment in trials with covariate-adaptive randomization.

I am also a Research Assistant with Dr. Fei Gao in the Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. We are working on statistical methods for estimating cross-sectional HIV incidence, which are useful for population effectiveness studies, and for obtaining counterfactual placebo incidence in active-controlled trials (see our recent paper in Statistics in Medicine). We also have recent work discussing study designs of retrospective, observational studies of SARS-CoV-2 transmission.

How did I get here?

Previously I was a Post-Bachelor Fellow and a Researcher on the Mathematical Sciences team at IHME where I worked on a variety of disease modeling projects for the Global Burden of Disease Study. I also helped train GBD collaborators from around the world and new Fellows in computing, and statistical and epidemiological methods. During my fellowship, I obtained my MS in Biostatistics, advised by Dr. Ruth Etzioni on methods to estimate time to cancer progression or recurrence.