San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of American Statistical Association (SFASA)

2017 Annual Social Event with Career Development Panel Discussion

Thursday, December 7th, 6-8:30pm

(RSVP required)


Please join us at 2017 SFASA annual social event with career development panel discussion on Thursday, December 7th.


Our panel, featuring distinguished statisticians and data scientists in academia, pharmaceutical, and high tech industries, will offer practical tips and guidance on making the right choice for your career or taking your career path to the next level. They will answer any questions and clarify any confusion that you may have. (Huge thanks to our panelists!)


This event will also serve as a great opportunity for social networking among our members.


6:00 – 8:30 pm, Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Š      Check-in begins at 5:30pm

Š      6:00-6:30pm: dinner

Š      6:30-8:00pm: panel discussion

Š      8:00-8:30pm: social networking


UCSF Mission Hall: Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building

550 16th Street, Rooms 1401 & 1402, San Francisco, CA 94158


Nearest parking garage ($8/2hrs):

UCSF Mission Bay Campus – 1630 Third Street Garage

1630 3rd St., San Francisco, CA 94158


Visitors can also park on the street (9am–6pm, $1.25/hr)



Complimentary food and beverage will be served



Free to all current SFASA members


For non-members, you are welcome to join the chapter on site, and then enjoy this event at no additional cost. Regular annual membership fee is $9 and student annual membership fee is $3. Payment is accepted by cash (please have the exact amount) or check (payable to “SFASA” and please have a photo ID ready for this purpose).



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Deepak Agarwal


VP Engineering and Head of Artificial Intelligence



Annette Molinaro


Professor in Neurosurgery and Epidemiology and Biostatistics



Tara Maddala


Head of Biostatistics and Data Management



Imola K Fodor


Deputy Global Head, Oncology Biostatistics HER Franchise



Brad Klingenberg


VP Data Science

Stitch Fix



Jizhou Fu


Data Science Manager



Anirban Deb


Data Science Manager




Panelist Bios:


Deepak Agarwal, Ph.D.

Deepak Agarwal is a vice president of engineering at LinkedIn where he is responsible for all AI efforts across the company. He is well known for his work on recommender systems and has published a book on the topic. He has published extensively in top-tier computer science conferences and has coauthored several patents. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and has served on the Executive Committee of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD). Deepak regularly serves on program committees of various conferences in the field of AI and computer science. He is also an associate editor of two flagship statistics journals.


Annette Molinaro, Ph.D.

Annette Molinaro is a principal investigator in the UCSF Brain Tumor Center, the Director of the Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics within the Department of Neurological Surgery, the Co-Director of the Clinical and Biostatistics Core for the UCSF Brain SPORE, and the Co-Director of the Biospecimen and Biostatistics Core for the UCSF Brain Tumor Program Project Grant (P01). Dr. Molinaro’s research interests are primarily focused on statistical genetics and computational biology, including prediction, survival analysis, classification, and causal inference with additional curiosities in cancer epidemiology and in the estimation of absolute risk in stratified case-cohort studies. Her research has pertained to predicting clinical outcomes with high-dimensional explanatory variables, such as SNP and methylation arrays, and large-scale epidemiology studies. This has included an adaptation to Classification and Regression Trees (CART) for survival outcomes, the introduction of partDSA, a novel data-adaptive algorithm that builds Boolean combinations of explanatory variables as individual trees as well as an aggregate learner, and a non-parametric method for point estimation based on a stratified case-cohort study design. In addition, she has worked with collaborators at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on comparing cross-validation approaches to validating predictors in small sample sizes and the power of data mining methods for detecting genetic associations and interactions. Dr. Molinaro was awarded an R01 by the NCI to expand partDSA for building risk models accommodating various study designs and competing risks.


Tara Maddala, Ph.D.

Tara Maddala is the Head of Biostatistics and Data Management at GRAIL.  GRAIL’s mission is to detect cancer early—when it can be cured—by combining the techniques of modern data-science with the value of cfNA signals from high-intensity sequencing of unprecedented breadth and depth.  Tara’s team collaborates with clinicians, scientists, and information technologists to design and execute on one of the largest clinical trial programs ever pursued in genomic medicine.  Before GRAIL, Tara led the Clinical Biostatistics team at Genomic Health responsible for design and analysis of large-scale oncology biomarker studies that resulted in algorithm-based, clinically-actionable commercial diagnostics.  Before Genomic Health, Tara was Director of Biostatistics at Clinimetrics, where she supported the development and approval of several therapeutics for small-to-medium biotechnology companies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida, a master's degree in Health Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from The University of Texas.


Imola K Fodor, Ph.D.

Imola K Fodor is the Global Head of Oncology Biostatistics for Research and Early Development at Genentech and for the Breast and Gynecological Cancer Franchise in late stage development across Genentech/Roche. She joined Genentech in 2007, starting as a Senior Statistical Scientist in the Nonclinical Biostatistics group. Since then, she held positions of increasing responsibilities including Director of the Nonclinical and Statistical Methods and Research groups. Her experience spans from research and early development through technical operations and late-stage clinical development. 


Prior to joining Genentech, Imola was a research staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for seven years, developing statistical methods to obtain scientific insights from large and complex datasets.


Imola obtained undergraduate degrees in mathematics and statistics with minor in physics from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of California at Berkeley.


Brad Klingenberg, Ph.D.

Brad Klingenberg is VP of Data Science at Stitch Fix in San Francisco. Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service that bets on it recommendations by physically delivering inventory to clients. Brad is an applied statistician at heart, and at Stitch Fix his team uses data and statistics to improve the algorithmic management of inventory and the human-in-the-loop recommendation system used to select items for clients. Prior to Stitch Fix Brad received his PhD in Statistics at Stanford and worked in tech and finance.


Jizhou Fu, M.S.

Jizhou Fu is a data science manager in growth marketing at Uber. She leads a team that uses statistical and machine learning approaches to empower informed decision making and to enhance marketing/advertising efficacy. These models have been leveraged to inform optimal allocation of Uber's multi-million marketing budget across multiple dimensions, predict user conversion probabilities to better inform marketing tactics, detect advertising fraud to enhance ad partner quality as well as recommend content to boost user conversion and engagement.


Prior to Uber, Jizhou worked in an AdTech startup in Los Angeles that develops machine learning powered analytics platform, where she managed a team in building advanced statistical models to help optimize marketing investment and translate insights into revenue-growing strategies and actions. She earned her Master in Statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Anirban Deb, MBA

Anirban Deb is a data science manager in experimentation at Uber in San Francisco. Anirban leads three teams (Experimentation Data Science, Mobile, and Data Infra) in building platforms for statistical experiments with Uber. The internal Uber teams use the platform to test and analyze their new products. Currently, the teams focus on several topics, such as AB testing, continuous experiments with bandits and rollout, Bayesian optimization, segmentation, sequential testing, and observational studies on causal inferences.


Prior to Uber, Anirban had several management positions in Adobe, Intuit, and Paypal. Anirban received his MBA degree from Haas, UC Berkeley.