Adjunct Professor of Nursing

As a collaborative biostatistician, Alexandra L. Hanlon is currently using “big data” and novel research methods to improve health outcomes.

In one study, she is part of a team of researchers at Penn who are working with a set of more than 200,000 individual observations to analyze relationships between sleep, body composition, and cardiovascular risk. Working with such large quantities of data has the potential to advance the emerging field of personalized medicine by showing how many different factors play a role in a health outcome.

For example, this type of work can help health care providers and patients learn how genetic makeup, environmental exposures, and personal attributes figure into a treatment response.

“In health, evidence-based practice and research are essential, and my passion is helping students follow a more data-driven path.”


  • PhD, Temple University, 1998
  • MS, University of California, Irvine, 1991
  • BS , Rochester Institute of Technology, 1985