Dr. Sandra Hurtado Rúa, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, joined CSU in 2015. She is interested in the development and application of Bayesian statistical methods to clinical, biological and social studies. Bayesian methods combine prior knowledge or information along with new data to model a particular system or answer questions about a problem of interest.
Dr. Hurtado Rúa’s collaborative research includes statistical analysis of MRI data in the context of multiple sclerosis research, clinical meta-analysis studies, and modeling of survival and cancer cure rates. Her work has been included in numerous clinical studies and could ultimately have direct benefits for patients and improve the treatment of various diseases.
Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Hurtado Rúa served as a postdoctoral associate in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She earned her Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Connecticut in 2011.