Jake Allred works as a biostatistician in cancer research at the Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s leading medical institutions. There he co-authors research protocols, monitors patient safety data in ongoing trials, analyzes efficacy data, and helps present the results of the trials.
“As a biostatistician, it is my choice to learn as much or as little as I choose about the science behind the data,” he says. “The investigators that I work with are all very willing to teach the underlying science. While I am not anything close to a doctor, the expertise that I am granted access to does make me a very educated member in the field of cancer research.”
Allred credits his first statistics course with Professor Ann Cannon for opening his eyes to career options in mathematics. He says One Course At A Time taught him valuable time management skills, especially during challenging courses such as the Modern Algebra series taught by Professor Jim Freeman.
“Up to that point in my life, I had never worked that hard or been pushed that hard,” he says. “That said, this was a very rewarding time for me. It taught me that I was capable of far more than I could have imagined.”
After Cornell, Allred earned a masters in statistics from Iowa State University.