Alumni Profile: Sean Simpson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistical Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Describe your current position
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistical Sciences at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Currently, my main research foci are in complexity- and network-based neuroimaging and health disparities.
Why did you choose UNC?
I chose UNC because of the multitude of research experiences that were available, the great faculty and staff, and the location.
What was your favorite thing about the Department of Biostatistics?
My favorite thing is undoubtedly the great network of people I have been able to become a part of. This network, consisting of other alumni, faculty, and staff, continues to enrich my life both personally and professionally.
What are your words of wisdom for current students in the Biostatistics program?
Although the program can be tough and confidence-shaking, the training you get and degree you’ll receive will benefit you for the rest of your life.
What one thing should a student do before graduating?
Get grant writing experience (if you’re planning to go into academia). Research institutions are continuing to rely more heavily on federal funding while the percentage of grants awarded has decreased significantly.