Peterson, Leif

Dr. Peterson is currently Principal of NXG Logic, LLC, a data analytics software startup and independent consultant in biostatistics, bioinformatics, machine learning and neural networks. His research interests include computational methods for statistics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, machine learning and neural networks, numerical optimization, Monte Carlo simulation, and text mining.  Prior to starting NXG Logic, he was a Shuttle mission radiation specialist at NASA/JSC (1986-1995), Associate Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine (1995-2006), Director of the Center for Biostatistics, Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI, 2006-19), Professor of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, Institute for Academic Medicine, HMRI (2016-19), and Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research at Cornell University via his appointment at HMRI (2006-2019). 

Dr. Peterson has also been an adjunct Associate Professor for many years at the University of Texas School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics and Data Science (2011-19), where he taught biostatistics since 2011.  He has also taught at the University of Houston and Texas A&M University.

Dr. Peterson is a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of its Computational Intelligence Society (CIS), and served on the IEEE-CIS Bioinformatics and Bioengineering Technical Committee (BBTC), and the IEEE-CIS-BBTC Task Force on Neural Networks.


Research Areas

Mathematical algorithms, computational methods, including linear algebra, eigendecomposition, text mining, machine learning, network science, and numerical optimization


Ph.D. Epidemiology-Biostatistics, The University of Texas Health Science Center

M.P.H. Radiological Physics, University of Michigan

B.S. Nuclear Medicine, Ferris State University

Societies & Organizations

Member, Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Member, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS)

Member, International Neural Network Society, Biopattern Special Interest Group (SIG)

Honors & Awards

2000 Young Investigators Program Award, Health Effects of Former Soviet Union Nuclear Testing in Kazakhstan, National Research Council. Sponsored by National Academy of Sciences

1995 Program Scholar, Effects of Ionizing Radiation: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivors and Their Children, Sponsored by First Annual Schull Symposium


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