Birol Emir, Ph.D., is Senior Director and Statistics Lead in the Statistical Research and Data Science Center at Pfizer Inc. In addition, he is a lecturer in Applied Analytics at Columbia University in New York and serves as an external Ph.D. committee member in the graduate school of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University. Recently, his primary focuses have been on big data, predictive modeling, and genomics data analysis. He has numerous publications in refereed journals. He recently co-edited a book, Statistical Topics in Healthcare Economics and Outcomes Research (CRC Press, 2017) and authored a book chapter in A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Tables: Graphics in Life Sciences. He has taught several short courses and has given invited presentations.