Shesh N. Rai

Wendell Cherry Chair in Clinical Trial Research

Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

Shesh N. Rai, Ph.D., joined the University of Louisville in November 2007 as the Director of the Biostatistics Shared Facility, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, and Associate Professor in the Department of Bioinformatics & Biostatistics, School of Public Health & Information Sciences.

As the Wendell Cherry Chair in Clinical Trial Research, he will develop the biostatistical core in the Brown Cancer Center, increasing the number and quality of cancer clinical trials and research protocols.

Over the last 10 years, Rai has been involved with writing and reviewing several hundred protocols and prospective studies in basic and clinical cancer research. These include randomized trials, behavior interventions, in single, multicentre and industry sponsored studies. He has a decade of experience in developing and analyzing clinical, longitudinal and survey data.

Survival analysis, clinical trials, mixed effects (hierarchical) models, sample survey, bioinformatics, and quantitative risk assessment are Rai’s areas of research interest. He has served on NIH review panels and on projects for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council and Cistel technology in Canada.

Rai has also served on several committees, including ASA chapters, St. Jude Institutional Review Board, St. Jude Safety Board and Biostatistics Protocol Review Panel. He currently sits on Clinical Scientific Review, Data and Safety Monitoring Committees of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

He has written over 100 research papers in many peer reviewed journals, reviewed and designed more than 100 clinical trial protocols. Rai also supervises two Ph.D. students and co-supervises several Ph.D. students in a multi-disciplinary setting.