Mei-Ling Ting Lee, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the Ohio State University College of Public Health, earned the PhD degree from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Statistics (then part of the Department of Mathematics) in 1980. Lee is a biostatistician with a wide range of research interests in statistical modeling, methods, and applications, including survival and time-to-event studies, latent disease progression, and nonparametric methods for clustered data. Her areas of medical application include cancer, occupational risk, the environment, epidemiology, microbiology, pharmacokinetics, genomics, and proteomics.
Lee was among the first to demonstrate the importance of replication in microarray studies and the need for assessing sample size and power for these kinds of studies. Dr. Lee is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the international journal Lifetime Data Analysis, the only international statistical journal that is specialized in modeling time-to-event data.