A full list of my publications is available on Google scholar.

My dissertation research, under the advisement of Dr. Shuang Wang at Columbia University and Dr. Colin Begg at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, focused on statistical methods for the study of etiologic heterogeneity. The first part of my research focused on comparing and contrasting existing methods for the study of etiologic heterogeneity using a simulation study and simplified data example. Next, I examined the statistical properties of our method for the study of etiologic heterogeneity to determine its ability to find the truly most etiologically heterogeneous subtype solutions under a variety of data settings. Finally, I applied the method to data from the Carolina Breast Cancer Study, and explored additional methodological challenges that exist in a real data analysis.

Selected publications

The below publications represent my work to date on the topic of statistical methods for the study of etiologic heterogeneity:

Benefield, H. C., Zabor, E. C., Shan, Y., Allott, E. H., Begg, C. B., & Troester, M. A. (2019). Evidence for Etiologic Subtypes of Breast Cancer in the Carolina Breast Cancer Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. doi:10.1158/1055-9965.Epi-19-0365

Zabor, E. C. (2019). riskclustr: Functions to Study Etiologic Heterogeneity. Journal of Open Source Software, 4(35): 1269.

Zabor, E. C., & Begg, C. B. (2017). A comparison of statistical methods for the study of etiologic heterogeneity. Stat Med, 36(25), 4050-4060.

Mauguen, A., Zabor, E. C., Thomas, N. E., Berwick, M., Seshan, V. E., & Begg, C. B.(2017). Defining Cancer Subtypes With Distinctive Etiologic Profiles: An Application to the Epidemiology of Melanoma. J Am Stat Assoc, 112(517), 54-63.

Begg, C. B., Rice, M. S., Zabor, E. C., & Tworoger, S. S. (2017). Examining the common aetiology of serous ovarian cancers and basal-like breast cancers using double primaries. Br J Cancer.

Begg, C. B., Orlow, I., Zabor, E. C., Arora, A., Sharma, A., Seshan, V. E., Bernstein, J. L. (2015). Identifying Etiologically Distinct Sub-Types of Cancer: A Demonstration Project Involving Breast Cancer. Cancer Med, 4(9), 1432-1439.

Begg, C. B., Seshan, V. E., Zabor, E. C., Furberg, H., Arora, A., Shen, R., . . . Hsieh, J. J. (2014). Genomic investigation of etiologic heterogeneity: methodologic challenges. BMC Med Res Methodol, 14, 138.

Begg, C. B., Zabor, E. C., Bernstein, J. L., Bernstein, L., Press, M. F., Seshan, V. E. (2013). A conceptual and methodological framework for investigating etiologic heterogeneity. Stat Med, 32(29), 5039-5052.