Dana E. Rollison, PhD

Principal Investigator

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Dr. Dana Rollison is the Vice President, Chief Data Officer (VP, CDO) and Associate Center Director (ACD) of Data Science at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. Dr. Rollison joined the research faculty at Moffitt Cancer Center in 2004, after earning her undergraduate degree in biology with honors from the University of Miami and completing her master's, doctoral and postdoctoral training in cancer epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University. Currently a Senior Member in the Cancer Epidemiology Program, her research focuses on the application of data science and informatics techniques to unravel cancer etiology, enhance cancer surveillance, and advance care delivery.

As VP, CDO and ACD of Data Science, Dr. Rollison drives innovation in three key areas: 1) Scientific leadership of the Division of Quantitative Science within the Moffitt Research Institute, including the academic departments of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Integrated Mathematical Oncology, and Machine Learning, and multiple data-related shared resources; 2) Strategic visioning for Moffitt’s Cancer Analytics Platform (MCAP), the center’s cloud-based enterprise wide data warehouse and analytics hub, and executive leadership of Moffitt’s Enterprise Wide Analytics Strategy (EWAS) and associated data governance committees, bringing together clinical and research faculty and operational leaders in support of translational research, accountable care analytics, and the practice of personalized medicine. 3) Transformational leadership of Health Data Services, including four departments dedicated to providing access to high-quality patient data and associated insights: Cancer Registry, Data Quality & Business Intelligence, Health Informatics, and Advanced Analytics.

Leveraging her dual role as CDO and ACD, Dr. Rollison seeks to orchestrate and optimize Moffitt’s extensive data assets across clinical, research and operational areas of the organization, thus accelerating scientific discovery and ultimately improving patient outcomes across the cancer continuum.



Rossybelle P. Amorrortu, MPH

Senior Research Project Manager

Rossy received her Master’s in Public Health Degree with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of South Florida in 2009. After graduation she completed an ORISE Fellowship at the US Army Public Health Command in Maryland where she worked on epidemiologic field investigations in the area of behavioral Health. She then worked for six years at the University of Texas Health Science Center on research related to increasing minority recruitment to clinical trials. Rossy joined Dr. Rollison’s lab in 2018 and since has worked on several epidemiology projects related to keratinocyte carcinomas, cutaneous viral infections and immune function. She assists with manuscript writing, grant preparation and helps to keep the lab on track to meet project goals. In my spare time I enjoy trying new restaurants and spending time with my family and friends. ​


Yayi Zhao, MA, MS

Data Analyst III

I grew up in China and came to the U.S. in 2013 to explore my passion and interest.  I obtained my M.S. degree in Management from University of South Florida (USF) in 2014. Soon, I developed great interest in applied statistics and earned my M.A. in Statistics from USF in 2016.  I joined Moffitt and Dr. Rollison’ s team in early 2017 and started to work as a research data analyst.  Through the years, I enjoyed working with my productive colleagues towards exploring the risk factors and other aspects of keratinocyte carcinoma while practicing a variety of skills that I learned from my training and from the mentorship provided by Dr. Rollison.  I am currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program offered by the College of Public Health of USF with a concentration in Biostatistics.  In addition to science, I enjoy reading novels and watching movies.  I am also enthusiastic about learning new R coding skills for data visualization and analytics.


Previous Lab Members

  • Juliana Balliu, BS
  • Laxmi Vijayan, BS
  • Yessica C. Martinez, MPH, CPH
  • Rhianna Reed, MPAS, MPH, PAC-C
  • Shalaka Hampras, PhD

Postdoctoral Trainees, graduate and undergraduate students:

  • Michelle Iannacone, PhD
  • Xiaohong Li, MPH
  • Ashley Cole, PhD
  • Gabriella Anic, PhD
  • Sandra Ferrer-Gill, MPH
  • Spencer Bezalel, MD
  • Michael Cameron, MD
  • Kaustubh Parab, MPH
  • Shitaldas Pamnani, PhD
  • Shams Rahman, PhD
  • Brock Graham, MPH