Sheng-Hsuan Lin, M.D., ScD, ScM

National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University 

Institute of Statistics

Rm 415, 4F, Assembly Building I, 1001 University Road, Hsinchu 30010, TAIWAN


TEL:886-3-5712121 ext 56822  (or ext. 56816)




Academic Appointments

Professor, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Institute of Statistics, 2023.08 – Present



  • Harvard University, School of Public Health (HSPH), Boston, M.A.
    • Master of Science (ScM), Department of Biostatistics   (2014 – 2016)
    • Doctor of Science (ScD), Department of Epidemiology (2011 – 2016)
      • Concentration: Epidemiologic Method (Causal inference program)
      • Thesis advisor: Dr. Tyler VanderWeele
      • Committee members: Dr. Miguel Hernan, Dr. Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen
      • Major Field of Study: General epidemiology
      • Minor Fields of Study: Biostatistics, Neurological and Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, Taiwan
    • Medical doctor (M.D.), Department of Medicine   (2003 – 2010)


Research Highlight

  • Methodology: Epidemiologic method, biostatistics, causal inference, mediation analysis, time-varying system
  • Application: Epidemiology, decision science, cost-effectiveness analysis, psychiatry, behavior addiction, portable medical device, heart rate variability.



Dr. Sheng-Hsuan Lin is an assistant professor in the Institute of Statistics and Institute of Data Science and Engineering, and a Junior Chair Professor at National Chiao Tung University. He received the degree of Medical Doctor (MD) from National Taiwan University in 2010, Master of Science (ScM) from Department of Biostatistics and Doctor of Science (ScD) from Department of Epidemiology at Harvard University in 2016, and spent one year at the Department of Biostatistics at Columbia University as a postdoctoral Research Scientist between 2016 and 2017.

He is the recipient of the 2018 MOST Young Fellowship (Grant of Columbus Program) from Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan, of the 2016 Reuel Stallones Student Prize Paper Award from Society of Epidemiology Research (SER), and of the 2019  Young Scholar Research Award from the College of Science at National Chiao Tung University.

Dr. Lin focuses his research in the area of Epidemiologic methods, employing causal inference theory to formalize concepts of mediation and pathway analysis and developing statistical and computational methods for effect decompositions. He is currently working on the methods for causal mediation analysis with time-varying and multiple mediators in complicated systems, extending mediation methods to longitudinal settings, along with corresponding software development. On the applied side, Dr. Lin is actively applying the new methods to investigate the causal mechanism for diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and the relationship between religion and health. He is also collaborating with clinicians in a neuropsychiatric disorder such as sleep deprivation and behavioral addiction.


Research Support

  • Active:
    • Development of causal machine learning model to investigate pathological mechanism of Parkinson’s Disease mediated and moderated by genomic, transcriptomic, and intestinal microbiomic factors. Sheng-Hsuan Lin, PI. MOE.Project Period: 2023.09.01 – 2023.12.31
    • Course development for causal inference theory-Enhancing media literacy education by applying qualitative causal inference to the criticism of false causal messages. Sheng-Hsuan Lin, PI. MOE Teaching Practice Research Program. PMS1121780. Project Period: 2023.08.01 – 2024.7.31
    • Promoting the reputation and influence of domestic statistics discipline: IASC-ARS Executive Secretary’s implementation plan. Sheng-Hsuan Lin, PI. National Science and Technology Council. [112-2926-I-A49-504] Project Period: 2023.07.01 – 2023.12.31
    • Research project for “artificial intelligence for financial science and technology (3rd period)” .Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Co-PI. (E.SUN Bank). Project Period: 2023.08.01 – 2025.7.31
    • Causal Mediation Analysis in longitudinal studies with death truncation and time-varying multiple mediators and precision mediation. Sheng-Hsuan Lin, PI. Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan MOST 111-2628-M-A49 -004 -MY3. Project Period: 08.01 – 2025.7.31
  • Completed:
    • Course development of “Advanced Causal Inference” – Adapting “Writing-Intensive Course” framework and “Virtue Peer-Review” field for elevating the literacy for scientific writing.Sheng-Hsuan Lin, PI. MOE Teaching Practice Research Program. PMS1110075. Project Period: 2022.08.01 – 2023.7.31
    • Causal inference and mechanism investigation through machine learning methodology. Sheng-Hsuan Lin, PI. Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan 108-2636-B-009 -001. Project Period: Feb 1, 2018 – Jan 31, 2023. Principal Investigator. 85% Effort. (USD 1,058,167 – 5 years)
    • Course development for causal inference theory – Integration of problem-based learning and journal reading seminar.Sheng-Hsuan Lin, PI. MOE Teaching Practice Research Program. PMS1100245. Project Period: 2021.08.01 – 2022.7.31
    • Analyzing the effects of occupational health policies on overworkrelated diseases: mediating factors, forces that drive national policy change, and potential gaps in the research 107-2314-B-039 -062 -MY3. Project Period: 08.01 – 2021.7.31
      Co-Investigator. (Principal Investigator: Dr. Ro-Ting Lin)
    • Testing for Agonistic Interactions for Causal-Pie Modeling in Long-Term Follow-Up Studies 108-2314-B-002 -MY2。Project Period: 08.01 – 2021.7.31
      Co-Investigator. (Principal Investigator: Dr. Jui-Hsiang Lin)
    • Causal mediation and interaction analysis with multiple mediators. Sheng-Hsuan Lin, PI. Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan 106-2118-M-009-004-MY2. Project Period: 10.1 – 2019.07.31 Principal Investigator. 70% Effort. (USD 41,600 – 2 years)



  • Medical license in Taiwan (2010.08 – Present)


Professional Affiliations (past and present)

  • American Statistics Association (ASA)
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER)
  • International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)
  • Occupational Hygiene Association of Taiwan (TOHA)
  • The Chinese Institute of Probability and Statistics (CIPS)
  • Chinese Statistical Association Taiwan (CSAT)
  • Taiwan Public Health Association (TPHA)


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