Renee H. Moore, PhD, is from Voorhees, NJ, a small town 20 miles outside of Philadelphia, PA. As a child, she enjoyed running home from school to teach her sister, who is 18 months younger, the lessons she learned that day. This inspired Dr. Moore to want to become a teacher but she did not know in which subject area. Dr. Moore attended Bennett College in Greensboro, NC and initially declared 3 majors: mathematics, education, and psychology. Along the way to completing a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and secondary mathematics education, Moore attended two summer programs that would influence the rest of her life. The first program was the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program where her Fellowship began with a 4 month summer program affectionately known as “Graduate School Bootcamp” held at Emory University; she was 1 of 25 rising juniors from UNCF colleges to attend this summer program. After the summer institute, Moore conducted statistics education research as a MMUF. The MMUF solidified her goals to obtain a Ph.D. and become a college professor. The summer after her junior year, Moore attended the Harvard Summer Program in Biostatistics. She immediately fell in love with biostatistics, because it allowed her to use mathematics to offer insight into a variety of important biomedical questions. She also was thrilled with the collaborative approach; the idea of scientists, clinicians, and quantitative methodologists sharing their individual expertise to collectively help solve important public health and clinical questions was very appealing.
Dr. Moore was the third African American to earn her PhD in Biostatistics from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Her dissertation work was motivated by HIV RNA data. She developed new statistical methods for computing subject-specific mean estimates for individuals that have a combination of observable and non-detectable longitudinal measurements. While at Emory, Dr. Moore also collaborated with physicians and scientists conducting research to improve the care and treatment of African American adult patients with heart disease and in pediatric patients with congenital heart disease. After completing her doctoral degree, Dr. Moore spent six years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, with a primary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Moore taught physicians, was the lead statistician in the data coordinating center for a multi-site randomized clinical trial of sleep apnea, and was the biostatistician in the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, joining a group of researchers investigating interventions for the prevention and treatment of obesity in children, adolescents, and adults.
In August 2012, Dr. Moore became an Associate Professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Dr. Moore moved to NCSU to continue her collaborative research in obesity but also to return to her education roots and spend more time teaching and conducting statistics education research. One of Dr. Moore’s career goals is to increase the pipeline of underrepresented mathematical scientists and she spends much of her time participating in and creating initiatives to fulfill that goal. For example, since 2008 she has co-chaired the Fostering Diversity in Biostatistics Workshop held at the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society’s annual meeting and is a co-author of a chapter in a “Biomathematics” textbook currently being piloted tested as a course for high school seniors that will serve as both a math and science elective.