Spotlight on new faculty -- meet Ge Lin, Ph.D.

September 02, 2008

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Ge Lin, Ph.D.
Ge Lin, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of health services research and administration in the College of Public Health, is among the many new faculty members at UNMC.

Name: Ge Lin, Ph.D.

Title: Associate professor, department of health services research and administration, College of Public Health

Research and practice: Dr. Lin is an expert in geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial statistics and is currently working on developing novel spatial methods for testing and parameterizing spatial patterns that include disease clusters. In addition to his work as a public health researcher and teacher at UNMC, Dr. Lin is a public health practitioner. Dr. Lin practices public health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Lincoln two days a week. In addition to building GIS analytical capabilities for the DHHS, he works on two projects with state public health practitioners:

  • Analyzing spatial distribution of cancer with various geographic factors; and
  • Streamlining neighborhood indicators for obesity and health disparity in a GIS framework.

Dr. Lin is also interested in infectious disease, such as the spatial temporal effect of influenza, STD, and HIV both in the United States and in China.

Education: Ph.D in geography, State University of New York, Buffalo.

Post doc training: Spatial demography fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Previous positions: Dr. Lin moved to Omaha this summer from the mountains of West Virginia, where he taught for eight years in the department of geology and geography at West Virginia University.

Leisure activity: In his leisure, Dr. Lin engages in geography practice by traveling around the world and learning about different cultures. He has been on all continents except Antarctica.

All UNMC departments are encouraged to send information on new faculty members to UNMC Today at today@unmc.edu. Using the above format, please include the person's title, specialty, previous position(s), medical degree, residency, fellowships and memberships. Also include their clinic hours and a phone number for patients interested in making an appointment. Faculty photos are welcome.