Sarah Samorodnitsky


I am a postdoctoral research fellow at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center working with Dr. Michael Wu in the SWOG group. 

I recently completed my PhD in the Division of Biostatistics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN where I worked with Dr. Eric Lock in the Division of Biostatistics and Dr. Christine Wendt at the University of Minnesota Medical School. 

Previously, I was an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Programs in Software at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. 

Research Interests

I am currently working on developing methods for single cell spatial omics data with applications in immuno-oncology. My dissertation research focused on developing statistical methods for analyzing multi-source (typically multi-omic) datasets. I have worked in several disease areas, including cancer, lung disease, and COVID-19. 

Other Academic Interests

Beyond research, I am interested in teaching statistics, encouraging others to pursue biostatistics as a career, and leveraging biostatistics to serve the community. This interest motivated me to help initiate public outreach efforts at the University of Minnesota by helping start the Biostatistics Community Outreach and Engagement Committee. I also previously served as the chair of ENAR's Council for Emerging and New Statisticians (CENS)

Miscellaneous Interests

Outside of work, I enjoy running, reading books, photography*, and bird watching!

*Header photo was taken September 2020 on 35mm film at Tettegouche State Park, MN.