Preventative Health Informatics & Spatial Temporal Analysis

Current Researchers

Chiehwen Ed Hsu, Ph.D., MPH [PHS 398 bio]

Associate Professor, Public Health Informatics 
University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics  

Cross Appointment/Affiliated Faculty 
Associate Professor,
Division of Management, Policy, Community Health Division
University of Texas School of Public Health
Affiliated Researcher,
Center for Emergency Preparedness
Coordinator of Curriculum Committee
, Pre/Post Doctoral Trainee, CPRIT
Rice University Gulf Coast Consortia. Training Mentor/Sponsoring Faculty
Funded by National Library of Medicine NLM Computational Biology & Medicine Training Program

Other Adjunct Appointments
Adjunct faculty
, University of Maryland System College Park and University College


  • Ph.D.   2001   University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston, Texas. Health Management and Policy Sciences.
  • M.S.     2000   University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences, Texas. Health Informatics.
  • M.P.H.  1997   University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston, Texas. Health Services Organization.
  • B.S.     1994   Fujen University Medical College, Taipei, Taiwan. Public Health.

Hsin-Hsuan (Judy) Juo, M.D.

is a postdoctoral research fellow in University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston School of Biomedical Informatics. She received her medical doctor degree from the Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan. She is currently involved in grant submission, and a collaborative project with BPSOS: Evaluation of The Health Awareness and Promotion Project (HAPP): reducing breast health disparities, morbidity, and mortality among Vietnamese Women in Southeast Texas. 

Jerry A. Miller, M.S., Ph.D. 

received his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas School of Public Health, specializing in cancer epidemiology and biostatistics.  As a cancer epidemiologist he demonstrated the direct mutagenicity of the stomach bacterium Helicobacter pylori in relation to stomach cancer.  He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2004-2006, and at Baylor College of Medicine’s Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Research Center.  Recently, he was a biostatistician at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.  He is active in a variety of epidemiology and public health areas.   He serves as the Vice President for Research at the Community Medical Foundation for Patient Safety and has done consulting work for the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Dr. Miller is certified in Public Health from the National Board of Public Health Examiners.  His research interests are cancer epidemiology and  biostatistical methods.  At the PHISTA lab, he participates in project management, statistical analysis, grant submissions and manuscript preparation, and in Komen’s grant on breast cancer prevention working with BPSOS, a Vietnamese American serving organization.  He has co-authored several publications in health disparities, public health emergency preparedness and response; biostatistics and epidemiology.  


CPRIT Scholars 

Kelley N. Kieser is an undergraduate student at Baylor University majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics.  She is a part of the CPRIT Scholars program at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston for the summer of 2011.  She is working with Dr. Hsu and Dr. Frieden on various projects in the Biomedical Informatics Department.  With Dr. Hsu, she is studying breast cancer screening barriers in minority women.  With Dr. Frieden, she is creating an online resource for how to overcome legal barriers during an appeal process with insurance companies.


Kunal Rayakar is an undergraduate student from Rice University and affiliated research intern of PHISTA lab. He is in the midst of earning a Bachelors of Science from Rice University in Biochemistry & Cell Biology with a minor in Global Health Technologies. He is an aspiring MD MPH and hopes to gain more education about Public Health and Bioinformatics from the PHISTA Lab.


Wei Yang Tham is a junior pursuing a B.A. in Mathematical Economic Analysis at Rice University. As part of the CPRIT Summer Internship Program, he is under the mentorship of Professor Lex Frieden and Dr. Chiehwen Ed Hsu, conducting research about cancer survivors and the problems they face reintegrating into the workforce. He hopes to pursue a graduate degree in economics and make a career in the realm of policy-making or academia.