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March 2011



CURRICULUM VITAE





A. Personal Information:


Name in Full Kiros Teghegne Berhane, Ph.D.

Business Address University of Southern California

Dept. of Preventive Medicine

1540 Alcazar Street, CHP 220

Los Angeles, CA 90089

Business Phone (323) 442-1994

FAX (323) 442-2349

Home Address 1736 Vistillas Rd.

Altadena, CA 91001

Home Phone (626) 345-9667

Place of Birth Ethiopia

Citizenship USA (Naturalized Citizen)

E-mail Address kiros@usc.edu

Languages English, Tigrigna, Amharic

Gender Male

Marital Status Married (Saba Berhane)

Number of Children 2 (Ezana, Naomi)


B. Education:


High School Asmara Comprehensive Secondary School,

Asmara, Eritrea, Summa Cum Laude, 1982

College or University Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa,

Ethiopia, B.Sc. (Statistics), with distinction, 1986

Graduate School International Centre for Pure &

Applied Mathematics, Nice, France,

Certificate, 1988 [Summer School]

University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada,

M.Sc (Statistics), 1991

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Ph.D. (Biostatistics), 1994

Thesis Advisor: Rob Tibshirani, Ph.D.

Fellowship Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

Postdoctoral fellowship (Biostatistics)

Supervisor: Scott Zeger, Ph.D.

Honors and Awards Very Great Distinction ("Summa cum Laude")

Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate Examination

GPA: 4.0/4.0, 1982

Dean's List, Addis Ababa University

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 12/82 - 6/86

Semester Awards, University of Guelph

Guelph, Canada, 1/90, 9/90, 9/89

Whitehall-Robbins Fellowship

(Annually assigned to highest ranked student – 2 yr limit),

University of Toronto

Toronto, Canada, 9/91-8/92, 9/92-8/93

Open Fellowship, University of Toronto Toronto, Canada, 9/93 - 8/94

ENAR Student Award, ENAR Biometrics

Conference, Cleveland, OH, 4/93

Graduate Bursary, University of Toronto,

Toronto, Canada, 9/94


C. Professional Background:



Academic appointments

Graduate Assistant, Department of Basic Sciences,

Ambo College of Agriculture, Ambo, Ethiopia, 1986-1987

Lecturer, Department of Mathematics,

Asmara University, Asmara, Eritrea, 1987-1989

Assistant Professor (joint), Department of Biostatistics,

University of Pittsburgh, 1995-1997

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine &

Clinical Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 1995-1997

Visiting Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine,

University of Southern California, 12/97 – 01/00

Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine,

University of Southern California, 02/00 – 05/04

Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine (with tenure),

University of Southern California, 06/04 – 02/11

Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine (with tenure),

University of Southern California, 03/11 – Present

Specific teaching responsibilities

Courses: Introductory Mathematics, Biometry for Plant Science

Basic Sciences Department, Ambo Junior College of Agriculture,

Ambo, Ethiopia, 10/86 - 8/87

Courses: Quantitative Methods II, Introduction to Statistics, Statistical

Methods I and II, Introduction to Biometry

Statistics Unit, Department of Mathematics, Asmara University,

Asmara, Eritrea, 9/87 - 8/89

Courses: Statistical Methods (I, II, III), Statistical Methods for

Animal Science, Discrete Mathematics

Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada, 9/89 - 8/91 [Teaching Assistant]

Courses: Introductory Biostatistics, Modern Regression Techniques Department of Statistics, and Department of Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics, School of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 9/91 - 12/93 [Teaching Assistant]

Graduate Course: Modern Non-parametric Regression Techniques

(4th Quarter, 1994-1995)

Department of Biostatistics, School of Hygiene and Public Health,

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 3/95 - 5/95

Graduate Course: Modern Non-parametric Regression Techniques (97-3)

Department of Biostatistics, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 5/97-6/97

Course: Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Department of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology,

School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh,

PA, 9/96-12/96 [PBL Discussion Leader]

Guest Lecturer (Lecture on Smoothing Techniques)

Graduate Course: Discrete Multivariate Analysis

Department of Biostatistics, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, March 25/97

Course: Introduction to the Theory of Biometry Principles (PM 522a)

Graduate Program in Biometry, USC (Fall Semester: 1998-2002, 2004-2008)

Course: 3rd Year Medical Student’s course on Preventive Medicine

USC Medical School, Small Group Teaching (Spring 1999-2002)

Course: Independent Study on Modern Regression Techniques (PM 790)

Graduate Program in Biometry, USC (Summer 1999) [Talat Islam]

Course: Independent Study on Modern Regression Techniques (PM 790)

Graduate Program in Biometry, USC (Summer 2002, Fall 2002) [Nuoo-Ting Molitor]

Course: Independent Study on Bayesian Mixed effects modeling (PM 790)

Graduate Program in Biometry, USC (Spring 2006, Summer 2006) [Yue Zhang]

Course: Statistical Methods in Environmental Epidemiology (PM 599)

[Guest lecture on Time Series Methods]

Graduate Program in Biometry, USC (Fall, 2006; Fall 2008)

Course: Public Health and the Obesity Epidemic: Global and Societal Implications

[Guest lecture on Built Environment and Obesity]

MPH Program, USC (Spring, 2009)

Course: Environmental Epidemiology [PM529]

[Guest lecture on Built Environment, Respiratory Health and Obesity]

Graduate Program in Epidemiology, USC (Spring, 2011)


Specific administrative responsibilities

Student Seminar Series Coordinator

Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics,

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 1993 - 1994

Co-Director, Data Analysis and Management Core

Center for Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer, 09/05- Present

Director, Data Analysis and Management Core

USC Minority Health Center, 09/07 - Present

Co-Chair, Statistics Working Group

National Centers for Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics

and Cancer, 10/08 - Present


Postdoctoral Supervision


Mentor, Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009-2011)

Sandrah Eckel, (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University)


Ph.D. Student Supervision

Chair, Ph.D. Dissertation Committee (2007

Student: Nuoo-Ting Molitor (Now a postdoc at Imperial College, London)

Topic: "Flexible models for multiple longitudinal outcomes"

Graduate Program in Biometry

Chair, Ph.D. Dissertation Committee

Student: Zhang Yue (2006- )

Topic: Joint modeling of lung function and multi-state asthma status

with misclassification

Graduate Program in Biometry

Chair, Ph.D. Qualifying/Dissertation Committee

Student: Chih-Chieh Chang (2008- )

Topic: “Functional based quantile regression models for obesity research in

Children” (Tentative)

Graduate Program in Biometry

Member, Ph.D. Dissertation Committee [Biostatistics]

Student: Joyce Ho (Supervisor: Lisa Weissfeld),

Department of Biostatistics, University of Pittsburgh, 1996-1997

Member, Ph.D. Qualifying/Dissertation Committee

Student: Made Wenten (Chair: Frank Gilliland)

Topic: "Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors Associated 

With Respiratory-related School Absences"

Graduate Program in Epidemiology

Member, Ph.D. Qualifying/Dissertation Committee

Student: Mulugeta Gebregziabher (Chair: Bryan Langholz)

Topic: "Methods for the analysis of missing covariate data in

individually matched case-control"

Graduate Program in Biometry

Member, Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Committee

Student: Hansong Wang (Chair: Dan Stram)

Graduate Program in Biometry

Member, Ph.D. Qualifying/Dissertation Committee

Student: Xinbo Zhang (Chair: Bryan Langholz)

Graduate Program in Biometry

Member, Ph.D. Qualifying/Dissertation Committee

Student: Ketan Shankardass (Chair: Rob McConnell)

Graduate Program in Epidemiology

Member, Ph.D. Qualifying/Dissertation Committee

Student: Courtney Byrd-Williams (Chair: Michael Goran)

Topic: "Confounders and moderators of the

relationship between physical activity and adiposity

in overweight adolescents”

Graduate Program in Epidemiology (obesity)

Member, Ph.D. Qualifying/Dissertation Committee

Student: Pamela Garcia-Filion (Chair: Stanley Azen)

Topic: "Epidemiology of optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH) [tentative]"

Graduate Program in Epidemiology

Member, Ph.D. Qualifying/Dissertation Committee

Student: Tracy Bastain (Chair: Frank Gilliland)

Topic: “Airway Inflammation and Respiratory Health in the Southern

California Children’s Health Study”

Graduate Program in Epidemiology

Member, Ph.D. Qualifying/Dissertation Committee

Student: Mohammed Hassenein (Chair: Fred Schumacker)

Topic: “Common Genetic Variation and Obesity: a Multi-ethnic

and Pediatric Perspective”

Graduate Program in Systems Biology and Disease


MSc/MPH Student Supervision

Member, M.Sc. Thesis Committee

Student: Amy Fan (Supervisor: James Dwyer),

Topic: “The Longitudinal Study of Cigarette Smoking Growth from Adolescence to Adulthood using Latent Variable Modeling”

Graduate Program in Applied Biometry/Epidemiology

Co-supervisor, M.Sc. Thesis Committee

Student: Yu-Fen Li (Co-supervisor: Frank Gilliland),

Topic: “The effect of maternal smoking during pregnancy and environmental tobacco smoke exposure on childhood lung function”

Graduate Program in Applied Biometry/Epidemiology

Co-supervisor, M.Sc. Thesis Committee

Student: Xiaowei Liu (Co-supervisor: Frank Gilliland),

Topic: “Chronic effects of air pollution on School Absenteeism”

Graduate Program in Applied Biometry/Epidemiology (2001)

Member, M.Sc. Thesis Committee

Student: Rui Li (Supervisor: Frank Gilliland)

Topic: “Family history, hormone replacement therapy and breast

cancer risk in Hispanic and non-Hispanic women, The New Mexico

Women’s Health Study”

Graduate Program in Applied Biometry/Epidemiology (2001)

Member, M.Sc. Thesis Committee

Student: Josh Millstein (Supervisor: Frank Gilliland)

Topic: "Effects of ambient air pollution on monthly wheeze and

asthma exacerbation in school children"

Graduate Program in Applied Biometry/Epidemiology (2002)

Member, M.Sc. Thesis Committee

Student: Lisa Giltner Grossman (Supervisor: Frank Gilliland)

Topic: "A descriptive analysis of medication use by

asthmatics in the Children’s Health Study"

Graduate Program in Applied Biometry/Epidemiology (2003)

Faculty Supervisor, M.PH. Project

Student: Rebecca Sokol, MD

Topic: "Effects of air pollution on male fertility"

Graduate Program in Public Health (2002)

Member, M.Sc. Thesis Committee

Student: Ling Yao (Supervisor: Daniel Stram)

Topic: "Data analysis on human exposure to concentrated particle sulphur"

Graduate Program in Applied Biometry/Epidemiology

Chair, M.Sc. Thesis Committee

Student: Zhang Yue (2006)

Topic: Gender-specific effects of asthma on lung function: 8 yr analysis

Graduate Program in Biometry

Chair, M.Sc. Thesis Committee

Student: Chih-Chieh Chang (2007-2009)

Topic: Age-Gender-Ethnicity Standardization of BMI Percentiles in Obesity

Research

Graduate Program in Biometry

Military service

None


Other employment or activity

Research Assistant, Newton Ashton Statistical Laboratory

University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada, 6/91-8/91

Statistical Consultant, Research Services Unit

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 7/92-10/94

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