Himel MallickHimel Mallick at the Badlands National Park, August 2015.Graduate School: Where are you from?

Himel Mallick: I am from Siliguri, a small cosmopolitan town at the foothills of the Himalayas, located in the state of West Bengal, India.

GS: What degree(s) did you receive and when?

HM: I graduated with a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Statistics from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India) in 2009 and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Statistics (Minors: Mathematics, Economics) from the Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (an autonomous affiliated college of the University of Calcutta (Kolkata, West Bengal, India) located in Narendrapur, West Bengal, India) in 2007. I am currently working towards my PhD and expect to graduate in summer 2015.

GS: How long have you been at UAB?

HM: I came to UAB to study Biostatistics in the fall of 2009.

GS: What is your research?

HM: My PhD dissertation is focused on developing novel statistical methods for complex biomedical data, an area of importance in today’s data-oriented society. The motivation for most of my methodological research comes from real-world problems where traditional statistical approaches are inadequate and/or inappropriate. I feel proud to be a modern-age data scientist who is delving into the depth of the subject to bring out its new aspects and utilize its enormous potentiality.