Staff of the Statistical Laboratory

Technical Staff

Jane-Ling Wang, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Wang ( earned her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982. She taught and conducted research at the University of Iowa, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently Distinguished Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of California, Davis. Her current research areas include: dimension reduction methods, functional and neuroimaging data, longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, and joint modeling of survival and longitudinal data. She has extensive experience in collaborative research funded by NSF and NIH, and has served on NSF and NIH review panels.

Neil Willits, Ph.D., Senior Statistician

Dr. Willits ( earned a Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford University in 1981. He then served as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford in environmental statistics, and he retains research interests in this area. He has served as a consultant in the Statistical Laboratory since 1986. He has twice received a special recognition award from the College of Letters and Science for the outstanding service he provides to the campus as a statistical consultant. He is well versed in a wide range of statistical methodologies and has co-authored over 90 publications with campus researchers. He has worked on many long-term and large-scale projects with external clients, most notably the California Water Resources Board and the State Departments of Toxic Substance Control and Fish and Game.

Associate Members

Faculty in the Department of Statistics serve as associate members of the Statistical Laboratory. They participate in the Lab’s consultation and contracted or collaborative projects when their statistical interests or special expertise warrant their involvement. This substantially expands the range of statistical specializations the Stat Lab can offer its clients.