Ph.D. Student Profile

Jonathan  Boss

Jonathan Boss , BS, MS

  • Doctoral Candidate
  • Cognate: Biostatistics


  • MS Biostatistics, University of Michigan (2018)
  • BS Mathematics, Advanced and Statistics, Michigan State University (2016)

Research Interests & Projects

My methods work primarily focuses on multi-pollutant modeling, non-linear interaction selection in the presence of many environmental contaminants, and statistical inference when exposure data are subject to multiple detection limits. I have a number of applied collaborations in environmental statistics ranging from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, racial disparities in telomere length, and gestational duration in pregnant women.

Selected Publications

  • Goutman SA, Boss J, Patterson A, Mukherjee B, et al. High plasma concentrations of organic pollutants negatively impact survival in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatry. 2019;90(8):907-912.

  • Alimujiang A, Wiensch A, Boss J, Fleischer NL, et al. Association Between Life Purpose and Mortality Among US Adults Older Than 50 Years. JAMA Netw. Open. 2019;2(5):e194270.

  • Boss J, Mukherjee B, Ferguson KK, Aker A, et al. Estimating outcome-exposure associations when exposure biomarker detection limits vary across batches. Epidemiology. 2019. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001052. [Epub ahead of print].

  • Huang Z, Zhang H, Boss J, Goutman SA, et al. Complete hazard ranking to analyze right-censored data: An ALS survival study. PLoS Comput Biol. 2017;13(12):e1005887.
  • Boss J, Zhai J, Aung MT, Ferguson KK, et al. Associations between mixtures of urinary phthalate metabolites with gestational age at delivery: a time to event analysis using summative phthalate risk scores. Environ Health. 2018;17(1):56.
  • Rosen EM, van't Erve TJ, Boss J, Sathyanarayana S, et al. Urinary oxidative stress biomarkers and accelerated time to spontaneous delivery. Free Radic Biol Med. 2019;130:419-425.