Christina Ramirez

Education


  • PhD Statistics/Social Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 1999
  • MS Statistics/Social Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 1996
  • BS Economics and Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin, 1994

Areas of Interest


My research interests generally relate to uncovering the mechanisms behind HIV pathogenesis. To this end, I work closely with investigators in the clinical and basic sciences. I am particularly interested in HIV drug resistance mutation/recombination, viral fitness and coreceptor utilization. I work to develop methods to understand the evolutionary dynamics of gene regions under the selective pressure of the host immune system and antiretrovirals. I am also interested in complex, high-dimensional data analysis where we have large p and small n. These methods have been applied to infer relationships between virus genotype and phenotype.

Selected Courses


  • Biostat 212: Distribution Free Methods
  • Biostat 213: Statistical Simulation Techniques
  • Biostat 273:¬†Classification and Regression Trees (CART) and Other Algorithms
  • Biostat 288: Seminar: Statistics in AIDS
  • Biostat 240: Masters seminar and research resources