PTraC Bios

Fernando Holguin, MD, MPH

Dr. Holguin is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine and the Director of the Pulmonary Translational Core and the Asthma Clinical and Research Center in the Center for Lungs and Breathing at The University of Colorado Hospital.  Dr. Holguin’s area of research is studying the role of obesity as an asthma co-morbidity and has more recently he has been studying mechanisms of disease.   Whenever possible, Dr. Holguin may be seen on the slopes with his two boys or exploring the great outdoors on his bike.


Vong Smith

Vong has been involved in research with the University of Colorado since 2007.  Prior to working in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine, Vong worked in social behavioral research, where she was responsible for the operational management and the oversight of pediatric research programs.  She has experience in all aspects of clinical studies including coordinating, regulatory compliance, accounting, and project management.  She serves as the administrative support for the Pulmonary Translational Core and the Asthma Clinical and Research Center.  On the weekends, Vong spends most of her time keeping her precocious five- year-old safe while fighting the crowds at so-called, kid-friendly events.  On her rare nights out, she enjoys live music, dancing, or watching a good football game.


Ryan Peterson, PhD

Ryan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics at the Colorado School of Public Health. He works jointly with the Center for Innovative Design and Analysis (CIDA) and the Pulmonary Translational Core (PtraC). He has a passion for biostatistics and using his expertise to collaborate with clinicians and other scientists. Prior to his current appointment, Ryan received his PhD from the University of Iowa where he won numerous awards for his research and service contributions. His methodological research interests include model selection in the context of ranked sparsity (interactions & polynomials), clinical trials with multiple complex endpoints, optimizing study design, and statistical computation. His applied research experience is broad, including pulmonary sciences, forecasting the flu, investigating seasonality of various infectious diseases, and predicting the progression of Parkinson’s disease (just to name a few). When he can, Ryan enjoys attending live concerts, going out for pizza, and burning off the pizza calories while hiking in the mountains.


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