Curriculum Vitae

Education

2018–PresentPhD Student, Boston University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
 Bioinformatics
2015–2017MPH, City University of New York, School of Public Health.
 Epidemiology, Biostatistics
2014–2015Pre-Medical Studies, City University of New York, Hunter College.
 Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Physiology
2012–2013Pre-Medical Studies, Columbia University, School of General Studies.
 Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics
2009–2012BBA, University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Management.
 Entrepreneurship

Experience

2017–2018Research Associate, Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health, City University of New York, School of Public Health.
 Developed research projects in genomics and metagenomics focused on cancer and general pathology under the supervision of Dr. Levi Waldron; developed software in R/Bioconductor to support research activities and directly mentored student interns.
2015–2017Research Assistant, Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health, City University of New York, School of Public Health.
 See above for description.
2013Clinical Assistant, Division of Vascular Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
 Observed clinical and surgical activities of Dr. James McKinsey and Dr. Nicholas Morrissey; provided research support through medical record extraction and conducted consent interviews in English and Spanish.

Publications

  1. L. Schiffer, R. Azhar, L. Shepherd, M. Ramos, L. Geistlinger, C. Huttenhower, J. B. Dowd, N. Segata, and L. Waldron. HMP16SData: Efficient Access to the Human Microbiome Project through Bioconductor. bioRxiv, 299115, 04 2018.
  2. M. Ramos, L. Schiffer, A. Re, R. Azhar, A. Basunia, C. Rodriguez, T. Chan, P. Chapman, S. R. Davis, D. Gomez-Cabrero, A. C. Culhane, B. Haibe-Kains, K. D. Hansen, H. Kodali, M. S. Louis, A. S. Mer, M. Riester, M. Morgan, V. Carey, and L. Waldron. Software for the integration of multiomics experiments in bioconductor. Cancer Research, 77(21):e39, 11 2017.
  3. E. Pasolli*, L. Schiffer*, P. Manghi*, A. Renson, V. Obenchain, D. T. Truong, F. Beghini, F. Malik, M. Ramos, J. B. Dowd, C. Huttenhower, M. Morgan, N. Segata, and L. Waldron. Accessible, curated metagenomic data through experimenthub. Nature Methods, 14:1023 EP, 10 2017.

Software

  1. Geistlinger L, Csaba G, Santarelli M, Schiffer L, Ramos M, Zimmer R, Waldron L (2018). GSEABenchmarkeR: Reproducible GSEA Benchmarking. R package version 1.0.0.
  2. Schiffer L, Azhar R, Ramos M, Geistlinger L and Waldron L (2018). HMP16SData: 16S rRNA Microbiome Data from the Human Microbiome Project. R package version 1.0.0.
  3. Ramos M, Schiffer L, Waldron L (2018). TCGAutils: TCGA utility functions for data management. R package version 1.0.0.
  4. Ramos M, Waldron L, Schiffer L, Obenchain V and Martin M (2017). curatedTCGAData: Curated Data From The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) as MultiAssayExperiment Objects. R package version 1.0.3.
  5. Schiffer L, Pasolli E, Waldron L, Malik F, Segata N, Obenchain V and Morgan M (2016). curatedMetagenomicData: Curated Metagenomic Data of the Human Microbiome. R package version 1.0.4.
  6. MultiAssay Special Interest Group (2016). MultiAssayExperiment: Software for the integration of multi-omics experiments in Bioconductor. R package version 1.1.0.

Honors

2017Extraordinary Research in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, City University of New York.

Conferences

2018BioC 2018: Where Software and Biology Connect
 University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2018Computational Systems for Integrative Genomics
 Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA
2017BioC 2017: Where Software and Biology Connect
 Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
2017Computational Systems for Integrative Genomics
 Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
2017Conference on Statistical Practice
 American Statistical Association, Jacksonville, FL
2017Second Workshop on Statistical and Algorithmic Challenges in Microbiome Data Analysis
 Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA
2016Reproducibility in Personalized Medicine Research
 Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
2016Symposium on Statistical and Computational Methods for Pharmacogenetic Epidemiology of Cancer
 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
2016useR! 2016: international R User conference
 Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2016BioC 2016: Where Software and Biology Connect
 Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Teaching

City University of New York, School of Public Health

Fall 2017Applied Biostatistics II, Teaching Assistant, Graduate Level.

American Statistical Association Student Chapter

Spring 2018Statistical Rethinking: A Bayesian Course with Examples in R and Stan, Course Organizer, Online.
Fall 2017The Art of Data Science: A Guide for Anyone Who Works with Data, Course Organizer, Online.
Spring 2016Data Analysis for the Life Sciences, Course Organizer, Online.
Fall 2015Data Analysis for the Life Sciences, Course Organizer, Online.

Service

2018–2019Student-Organized Symposium Organizing Committee, Member, Boston University.
2016–2018American Statistical Association Student Chapter, President, City University of New York, School of Public Health.
2016–2017Graduate Student Association Formation Committee, Member, City University of New York, School of Public Health.
2012-2013Columbia University Emergency Medical Service, Member, Columbia University.

Languages

PortugueseAdvancedEffective in oral and written communication.
SpanishAdvancedEffective in oral and written communication.

Affiliations

2018–PresentAmerican Society For Microbiology
2016–PresentAmerican Statistical Association