Benjamin Ackerman


I am gay and I am a biostatistician/data scientist. //

I’m a PhD candidate studying biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. My dissertation research focuses on statistical methods for generalizing randomized trial findings to a target population. I discovered my passion for statistics and data science through my undergraduate studies in public health. I realized that I wanted to help expose and ultimately combat inequities in health and healthcare by improving how we collect, analyze, and interpret data. Being gay and being a biostatistician has taught me that representation is so important, and that it’s impossible to allocate resources to communities in need if they are not represented in the data describing the disparities. I’m a strong advocate for the inclusion of sexual orientation/gender identity questions in federal surveys. We’re here, we’re queer, we matter in your data!