Dr. Diao is a Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. Prior to joining GWU in August 2020, he was a tenured professor in the Department of Statistics at George Mason University, where he served on the faculty for 14 years. Dr. Diao received his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Diao's research focuses on developing new statistical methodologies and novel computational tools for solving critical scientific problems arising in biomedical studies. His research interests semiparametric models, precision medicine, survival analysis, longitudinal data analysis, statistical genetics, high-dimensional data analysis, diagnostic medicine, clinical trial designs, and computational probability. Dr. Diao also has an extensive collaborative record working with researchers in disability, rehabilitation, ultrasound, neuro-imaging, policing and criminology, etc. Dr. Diao’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and industry.
Dr. Diao serves as the Program Chair-Elect, Program Chair, and Past Program Chair for the American Statistical Association Lifetime Data Science Section (LiDS) during 2018-2020. He chaired the LiDS Student Paper Award Committee multiple times. He serves as an Associate Editor for Statistics in Biosciences and Statistical Communications in Infectious Diseases. He recently chaired the Organizing Committee of the International Chinese Statistical Association 2021 Applied Statistics Symposium, held virtually September 12 - 15, 2021.