Nandita Mitra, PhD is Professor of Biostatistics and Vice-Chair of Faculty Professional Development in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BA in Mathematics from Brown University, MA in Biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley and her PhD in Biostatistics from Columbia University. She joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard and after serving on the faculty of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Her primary research interests include propensity score and instrumental variable methods for observational data, causal inference, and health economics with applications in cancer outcomes, health policy and genetics. She is the author of over 190 peer-reviewed journal articles and serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Biostatistics and Plos One. Dr. Mitra is the Chair of the Graduate Group in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Director of Statistics for the Masters in Health Policy Research program, and Co-Director of the Center for Causal Inference. She was recently elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Dr. Mitra currently teaches a PhD-level course on the Design and Analysis of Observational Studies and a course in Applied Regression Analysis for Health Policy (MSHP) students.