"Exhaustive research, coupled with diligent experimentation, provides an abundance of data, but it is the interpretation of this knowledge that gives it a sense of purpose," says Professor Heather Hoffman. And it is in the realm of interpretation, perhaps as principal statistician in a study that one day leads to a new drug or medical procedure, where she hopes to make an enduring contribution.
Prior to joining GW SPH in the summer of 2006, Dr. Hoffman accumulated a stellar list of academic accomplishments. As a doctoral student, she taught a graduate-level course in biostatistical computing, earned a 4.0 GPA as well as numerous scholarships, and was featured on the cover of her alumni magazine. As part of her biostatistics dissertation, Dr. Hoffman developed a tool for multivariate analysis. She is particularly interested in environmental epidemiology, especially the relationship between air pollution and mortality, and pharmacoepidemiology, notably the long-term effects of drugs and devices.