Ph.D. Student Profile

Robert Peng, B.A., MS

  • Doctoral Candidate
  • Cognate: Biostatistics


  • MS Biostatistics, University of Michigan (2019)
  • B.A. Statistics, University of Chicago  (2016

Research Interests & Projects

My current research involves the use of polygenic risk scores (which are weighted sums of effect allele counts) to predict a patient's genetic risk for various diseases. In particular, I am interested in comparing and assessing different methods of generating polygenic risk scores in terms of power, predictive accuracy, and other criteria. I am currently supported by the Biostatistics Training in Cancer Research grant

Selected Publications

  • Peng RB, Lee H, Ke ZT, Saunders MR. Racial disparities in kidney transplant waitlist appearance in Chicago: Is it race or place?. Clin Transplant. 2018;e13195.