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Juned Siddique, Dr.PH, Biostatistician

Juned Siddique is an Associate Professor and Biostatistician in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His research efforts focus on developing statistical methods for handling incomplete or missing data. He applies these methods to a range of problems including rater bias, participant dropout, data harmonization in individual participant data analysis, and measurement error. He collaborates closely with lifestyle intervention researchers and has particular interests in the analysis of diet and physical activity data.

Swapna Dave, MPH, PMP, MBBS, Research Project Manager

Swapna Dave has a medical degree from India with a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has extensive experience working on qualitative and quantitative as well as Community Based Research in the field of public health for about 10 years. She has been managing multiple NIH funded research projects focused on cardiovascular health in minorities including the MASALA study. She is the project manager on the MASALA study for Northwestern site and finds working on the MASALA study personally as well as professionally fulfilling and is happy to make a difference in her community. Swapna also serves on the Skokie Board of Health and actively works towards a goal of improving health for the community.


Andrew J. Cooper, Statistical Analyst/Programmer


Andrew J. Cooper is a statistical analyst/programmer in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics at Northwestern University.  He has more than 15 years of experience inpublic health and health services research, filling a variety of roles in data management, data architecture, application development and statistical analysis.  While he has worked on a range of research studies and topics, much of his experience is in diabetes and cardiovascular health.  He completed a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently working on a Master of Science in predictive analytics.  Andrew is a statistician on the MASALA study.  

Fatima Saifi, MPH, Research Study Coordinator


Fatima Saifi earned her Masters in Public Health degree from Benedictine University with several years of experience working in the healthcare field. She is a new addition to the Northwestern team and will be working with MASALA as a Research Study Coordinator. She is passionate about helping the South Asian community through outreach and health education. She is fluent in Urdu and her goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of South Asians living in the United States.

Saara Ziauddin, MPH Research Assistant

I am a Research Assistant at Northwestern University and carry a strong passion in health education research. I am devoted to understanding the health concerns among underrepresented populations such as South Asian communities in order to contribute towards developing effective solutions. During my free time, I love to play table tennis and spend time with family.

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Nicola Lancki, Statistical Analyst


Nicola Lancki is a statistical analyst in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics at Northwestern University. She completed her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in 2010 from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has worked in applied public health as an epidemiologist with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Illinois Department of Public Health.  She has several years of experience in health research with roles in data management, database design and development, and statistical analysis.  She is excited to be a part of this important study to inform the treatment and prevention of heart disease in South Asians.