Dr. Jia received her PhD in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, and has held statistician and actuarial roles at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, The Hartford Financial Services Group, and Affinion Group. In these positions she has applied and developed advanced statistical methods and mathematical models to tackle “big data” problems, and innovative ways to investigate not-so-big data problems that lead to direct business or scientific applications. She has given presentations at many universities and international conferences on both mathematical and statistical subjects.
A committed educator, Dr. Jia has taught at the University of Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Harvard University, and has volunteered at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis and in the Hartford School District.
Dr. Jia also enjoys painting, cooking, hiking and spending time with her young children.