Scientific Biography

Joyce Niland, Ph.D., holder of City of Hope’s Estelle & Edward Alexander Chair in Information Sciences, is professor and chair in the Department of Diabetes & Cancer Discovery Science within the Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute at City of Hope. An internationally recognized leader in her field with hundreds of publications to her name, she has more than 30 years of experience in biostatistics, biomedical informatics, computational statistics, system development and deployment, and collaboration in translational research.
Dr. Niland is the principal investigator of several major grants from the National Institutes of Health: the coordinating centers for the Integrated Islet Distribution Program, which supplies high-quality human islets for basic research, the Human Islet Research Network in support of diabetes research, and the Intestinal Stem Cell Consortium for basic and translational research into damage and disorders to the intestine.
Since joining City of Hope in 1988, Dr. Niland has created the Department of Information Sciences and brought the discipline of biomedical informatics to City of Hope — establishing a model for other academic medical centers seeking to bring rich data analysis to be relevant to their investigations. She also has served as chief research information officer and associate director for cancer informatics at the comprehensive cancer center.
For 15 years she directed the multicenter National Comprehensive Cancer Center Network Outcomes Research Data Coordinating Center. In that capacity, she oversaw the deployment of an integrated web-based data management system, amassing more than 100,000 patients and 6 million records of longitudinal follow-up data.
In 2018, Dr. Niland was inducted into Cooper Portrait Gallery of Scientific Achievements at City of Hope, a recognition of her lasting contributions to the institution’s research.
Dr. Niland is an adjunct professor at Keck School of Medicine of USC. She is an elected fellow and former vice president of the American Statistical Association, and has served as scientific secretary of the International Association of Statistical Computing. She is a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and associate editor of the official journals of the American Medical Informatics Association and International Association for Statistical Computing. She has served as an expert consultant for dozens of cancer centers.
Dr. Niland earned her doctoral degree and two master’s degrees from USC after completing undergraduate work at Stanford. Originally trained as a physical therapist, she prides herself on bringing empathy and compassion to her work at the forefront of biomedical information sciences.