Coleman R. Harris, PhD
Data Engineer, Nashville Biosciences

I finished my PhD in Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University in 2022, where I worked on normalization and spatial statistics methods in cell imaging data. I have experience in data science, freelance writing, & science policy. I’m currently working as a Data Engineer at Nashville Biosciences!


  • Data Engineering & Infrastructure
  • Bioinformatics, Imaging, & Genomics Analysis
  • Healthcare Data Science
  • Health & Science Policy


Vanderbilt University
2017 - 2022
Ph.D. Biostatistics
University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
2015 - 2017
B.S. Mathematical Statistics , Minor: Biology

News & Projects

  • Published software to normalize multiplexed imaging data , Journal of Open Source Software and GitHub, Mar 2022.
  • Published a paper on quantifying and correcting batch effects in multiplexed imaging data , Bioinformatics, Jan 2022.
  • Developed a rigorous report on the delays and complications with the 2020 Census , Union of Concerned Scientists, July 2021.
  • Wrote: ‘Does your app need a prediction model or an inference model?’ , Triplebyte Compiler, Nov. 2020.
  • Enabled exploration of survey data on COVID-19 impact in the US , Keshif, Dec 2020.
  • Implemented distance matrix anonymization into regression methods , GitHub, Apr 2019.

Recent Publications

Complete list of projects available on Google Scholar.
mxnorm: An R Package to Normalize Multiplexed Imaging Data, 2022, Journal of Open Source Software
Coleman R. Harris , Julia Wrobel , Simon N. Vandekar
Science Policy Through a Local Lens: The Role of State-Level Advisory Groups in the 21st Century, 2022, Journal of Science Policy and Governance
Caroline L. Schuerger , Danielle F. DaCrema , Matthew A. Diasio , Ryan B. Dudek , Coleman R. Harris , Meredith N. Schmehl , Melody T. Tan
Quantifying and correcting slide-to-slide variation in multiplexed immunofluorescence images, 2022, Bioinformatics
Coleman R. Harris , Eliot T. McKinley , Joseph T. Roland , Qi Liu , Martha J. Shrubsole , Ken S. Lau , Robert J. Coffey , Julia Wrobel , Simon N. Vandekar
Influence of social determinants of health and county vaccination rates on machine learning models to predict COVID-19 case growth in Tennessee, 2021, BMJ Health & Care Informatics
Lukasz S. Wylezinski , Coleman R. Harris , Cody N. Heiser , Jamieson D. Gray , Charles F. Spurlock III
Predictive Modeling of COVID-19 Case Growth Highlights Evolving Demographic Risk Factors in Tennessee and Georgia, 2021, BMJ Health & Care Informatics
Jamieson D. Gray , Coleman R. Harris , Lukasz S. Wylezinski , Charles F. Spurlock III
Developing Science and Technology Policy Fellowships in State Governments without Full-Time Legislatures, 2020, Journal of Science Policy and Governance
Matthew A. Diasio , Danielle F. DaCrema , Ryan B. Dudek , Coleman R. Harris , Meredith N. Schmehl , Caroline L. Schuerger , Melody T. Tan
Trust as a Predictor of Patient Perceptions Regarding Overlapping Surgery and Trainee Independence, 2020, The Laryngoscope
Alexander Langerman , Kathleen M. Brelsford , Carolyn J. Diehl , Coleman R. Harris , Thomas G. Stewart