Dr. Herman ‘Gene’ Ray is currently an Associate Professor of Data Science and Biostatistics. Before this, he was a Director of Program Management and a Senior Director of Biostatistics and Programming for ConcertAI. He was the founding Director of Kennesaw State University’s Center for Statistics and Analytical Research (CSAR; pronounced Cesar), which is now the Center for Data Science and Analytics (CDSA). The Center connects Ph.D. students in the Data Science and Analytics and other graduate degree programs at KSU with industry research partners. Dr. Ray has worked with Real-World Data (RWD) and associated problems since 2000, when he started as a Statistician for CIGNA and moved into a research position at Thomson Reuters before transitioning into academics at KSU in 2011. He has had several sponsored research projects and grants, including serving as a PI on the BlueCross BlueShield of TN Data Science Research lab, the WellStar Health System Data Science Research lab, and as Co-PI on an NSF grant.

His current research interest includes methodology development to handle imbalanced data and the intersection of healthcare and data science. The intersection includes causal models, incorporating observation data into clinical trials to increase the efficiency of the drug and device development process, and other topics in this space.