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Kathleen Torkko, PhD

Associate Professor

Kathleen Torkko, PhD

Research Interests

  • Inflammation and benign prostatic hyperplasia progression
  • Vitamin D and prostate cancer

Current Research

Collaborative researcher who provides epidemiologic and statistical expertise to basic, translational, and clinical scientists

Teaching Interests

Applied statistics for non-statisticians

Courses Taught

  • BIOS 6606: Statistics for Basic Sciences


  • PhD in Analytic Health Sciences: Epidemiology Track, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 2005
  • MSPH, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1999
  • MS in Marine Botany, Tokyo University of Fisheries, Tokyo, Japan, 1983
  • BA in Biology, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 1978

What makes you passionate about or interested in biostatistics?

I have worked many years with basic and clinical scientists. Too often I see them misuse statistics and make flawed statements and conclusions. I enjoy working with them and teaching them the best ways to plan, conduct, and interpret their data analyses. The epidemiologist in me also loves to discuss with researchers possible areas of bias in their research that uses specimens and data from humans.

Personal Interests & Hobbies

Cooking, dogs, travelling to exotic places whenever I can.

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