Dr. Lianfen Qian


Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

Professor and Statistics Advisor, Department of Mathematical Sciences



Boca Raton - SE43, Room 248


Ph.D. in Statistics, Michigan State University, 1996 

Research Interests

Dr. Qian's research interests are in big data analytics, change point detection in time series, survival data, environmental data via parameter and nonparametric approaches. Dr. Qian has published many refereed journal papers in statistics and serves on editorial board for several statistics journals. Dr. Qian is a member of FAU Harbor Branch Pillar, Biomedical Research Pillar, and affiliate faculty of Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative. Dr. Qian has successfully supervised four Ph. D. students: Dr. Zhihua Liu, Dr. Wei Zhang, Dr. Fazhe Chang, and Dr. Durga Kutal.Research Description

Recent Publications


Boyun Xu, Chang Liu, Lianfen Qian, Yue Qu, Weijue Su, Jialing Xu, Junzhao Zhao. Statistical Modelling Outcome of In Vitro Fertilization and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection: A Single Centre Study, Combinatorical Chemistry & High Throughput Screening. 22(2019), 1-7. DOI:10.2174/1386207322666190404145448.

Kurt Schesser, Sara Schesser Bartra, Cherish Lorica, Lianfen Qian, Xin Gong, Wael Bahnan, Henry Barreras, Jr., Rosemely Hernandez, Zhongwei Li, Gregory Plano. Chromosomally encoded Yersinia pestis type III secretion effector proteins promote infection in cells and in mice. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, section Molecular Bacterial Pathogenesis. 22 Feb., 2019. Online access (pdf).

Qian, L.F. Prevention from ageing: a brief survey. SM Preventive Medicine and Public Health. 2018: 2(4), 1026.

Kutal DL and Qian LF. A Non-Mixture Cure Model for Right-Censored Data with Frechet Distribution. MDPI Stats, November, 2018, 176-188. Online access (pdf)

Zhang, C.Y., Xu, K.H. and Qian, L.F. Asymptotic properties of the QMLE in a log-linear RealGARCH model with Gaussian errors. Statistical Papers, September, 2018. Online access (pdf)

Yuan Ye and Qian LF. The Analytic network study of financial spatial correlation in China. Journal of Wenzhou University. 39(3) (2018), 38-46.

Golinko, E. and Qian, L.F. A min.max algorithm for spline based modeling of violent crime rates in USA. https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.06806, 2018.

Qian, L. F. and Wang, S. J. Subject-wise empirical likelihood inference in partial linear models for longitudinal data, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 111 (2017), 77-87. Online access

Qian, L. F. and Wang, S. J. Subject-wise empirical likelihood inference in partially linear models for longitudinal data, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 111 (2017), 77-87.Online access

Li, Y.X. and Qian, L.F. Likelihood ratio test for a piecewise continuous Weibull model with an unknown change point. Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, 412 (2014) no.1, 498-504.

Zhang, W.; Qian, L. F.and Li, Y.X. Semiparametric sequential testing for multiple change points in Piecewise Constant Hazard Functions with Long-term Survivors, Communications in Statistics-Simulation and Computation, 43:7 (2014), 1685-1699.

Qian, L.F. and Zhang,W. Multiple Change-point Detection in Piecewise Exponential Hazard Regression Model with Long-term Survivors and Right Censoring. Contemporary Developments in Statistical Theory, A Festschrift for Hira Lal Koul,Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics, 68 (2014), 1387-1418.

Long, H.W. and Qian, L.F. Nadaraya-Watson estimator for stochastic processes driven by stable Levy motions. Electronic Journal of Statistics, 7 (2013), 1387-1418.  

Li, Y.X, Qian, L.F. and Zhang, W. Estimation in a change-point hazard regression model with long-term survivors. Statistics & Probability Letters, 83 (2013), 1683-1691.

Scholarly Activities


Dr. Qian serves on editorial board for several statistical journals such as Statistics & Probability Letters, and Advance Probability and Statistics. She is a reviewer for MathSciNet, Technometrics, and a professional referee for many statistical journals. She has successfully supervised many MS and PhD students in the past twenty years. 

Dr. Qian is the award-winning mentor of the first-place winner in US 2015 Undergraduate Statistics Research Project Competition sponsored by ASA/CAUSE.  Dr. Qian is a Project NExT Fellow chosen by the Mathematical Association of American and serves as Math Appliance mentor.  


Dr. Qian collaborates with various researchers from many institutions and different fields including finance and business, biology and biomedical science, computer science and engineering, and the government.  She offers to consult to FAU researchers and the local community.