Mihriye Mete

Mihriye Mete, PhD, is the Biostatistics Manager in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) and an Adjunct Professor of Statistics and Research Methods at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Dr. Mete, an expert in numerous statistical software applications and languages, including Stata, SPSS, R Language, and Mathematica, specializes in quantitative research methods and study design. With her interdisciplinary background, she is able to view clinical studies from the public health, policy, and socio-economic perspectives, among others, and incorporate the most appropriate and scientifically sound study design and data analysis approaches.

Dr. Mete has extensive collaboration experience and routinely assists researchers in the development and management of quantitative interdisciplinary research. Specifically, she develops proposals, analyzes data, and assists with manuscript preparation and submission. As a result of her reputation for designing scientifically sound studies and her ability to develop feasible specific aims, she often is asked to provide critical feedback as a reviewer for studies designed by other researchers.

Because of the collaborative nature of her work, she has experience working with numerous investigators across a broad range of disciplines and has co-authored several peer-reviewed manuscripts. Her work is widely published in journals, such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications, and the Journal of Traumatic Stress.

In addition to her research and management responsibilities, Dr. Mete serves as a consultant in econometric and demographic analysis and has worked for such notable organizations as the World Bank. Prior to joining MedStar, she held faculty positions at Michigan State University and the University of Georgia and was a visiting Assistant Professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, where she taught courses in advanced statistical methods.

Dr. Mete earned a bachelor's degree in Management Engineering, with a specialization in Economics and Mathematics, from Istanbul Technical University and received a PhD in Political Science, with emphasis on statistical methods, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has additional formal training in Bayesian analysis, Bootstrapping methods, and Epidemiology and is an active member of the American Statistical Association.

Research Interests

Dr. Mete's research interests include

  • Clinical study design
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Data analysis
  • Econometrics
  • Demographic analyses
  • Bayesian analysis
  • Bootstrapping methods

Dr. Mete's research is supported through commercial and government grants and contracts and private foundations. Her personal research interests include women's health issues, specifically hormones, nutrition, and brain function. The projects highlighted below demonstrate Dr. Mete's experience in the design of large-scale clinical studies and analysis of complex data.

Selected Research

The Characterization of Forces Applied by Endoscopists During Colonoscopy Using a Novel Wireless Colonoscopy Force Monitor project, funded by NIDDK/NIH, is designed to characterize and compare the force application patterns of skilled endoscopists using a colonoscopy force monitor. Dr. Mete wrote the specific aims and statistical analysis plan for this project and is currently working on the data analysis. Preliminary results of this project show that applied forces vary by colonoscopists' experience and patient sedation level.

In another project, Synergy to Control Emergency Department Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes: STEP-Diabetes, funded by the American Diabetes Association, Dr. Mete clarified the aims of the study, conducted power analyses, and wrote the statistical analysis plan. She continues to act as the study statistician and is working to further develop this project as a new and more comprehensive protocol to be submitted for NIH funding.

In the Parents as Agents of Change in the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity Among Latino Children study, Dr. Mete is collaborating with another research organization with expertise in qualitative research and Latino families. Dr. Mete designed the qualitative phase of this study, conducted the power analyses, wrote the analyses plans, and helped steer the overall writing of the protocol. This study, designed to develop a multi-faceted parent-focused pediatric obesity intervention based on qualitative research tools and culturally sensitive research strategies, is currently under review by NIH.

View Dr. Mete's publications on PubMed

Research Areas

  • Biostatistics/Bioinformatics