Harpreet Sohal Just Keeps Looking Up

Harpreet Sohal joined DataCeutics in 2009, and after taking a year off in 2017 to work as a Statistical Programmer at AstraZeneca, she returned to her position as Senior Consultant, Clinical SAS Programmer Analyst at DataCeutics/Navitas Data Sciences last year.

As one would expect from her title, and over 20 years in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare industries, Sohal has a long list of talents and attributes. She is skilled in the use of SAS Base, SAS Macro, SAS STAT and SAS GRAPH, and output generation processes and is adept at producing and validating analysis tables, data listings, graphs, and datasets using CDISC standards (ADaM and SDTM datasets).

Her experience spans multiple therapeutic areas, including cardiology, ophthalmology, and women's health, as well as multiple clinical trial phases. Sohal has received praise from project managers for her ability to set priorities and to plan and bring projects to completion in the required time frame.

Sohal is perhaps most grateful for her strong analytical skills. She revels in performing qualitative and quantitative statistical analysis on clinical research data while validating the collected data and the results. She enjoys analysis so much that she applies it to her daily life, and is seriously contemplating launching a personal blog as a Perception Analyst.

Born and raised in India, Sohal studied Basic Sciences, earned a Master's degree, and took Doctoral studies in Entomology at Punjab Agricultural University, but her main interest was always Public Health. After getting married in 1992, and relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, she earned a Master's degree in Public Health (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) from Emory University.

In Atlanta, where she still resides, she raised two beautiful children while working first as a Technical Information Specialist assigned to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, then a SAS Programmer, and by 2000, a Biostatistical Analyst at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

By the time she joined DataCeutics in 2009, she was an expert in her field. As a Senior Clinical SAS Programming Analyst, she developed programs for studies in all phases of clinical trials, mentored and trained newly hired team members, and applied her expertise in CDISC standards and verifying compliance for ADaM and SDTM datasets, and worked on define files.

Client accolades followed, and Sohal's reputation for providing accurate and timely statistical analysis, and bringing projects to completion on or ahead of schedule, still stands today. She loves her work and enjoys the flexibility that working from her home office provides, allowing her to manage her schedule and priorities.

Morning walks with the family German Shepard, Jaxon, is her favorite activity, but she also enjoys painting, taking her family on ski trips, and spending time with her aging parents. She has served on the board of a non-profit after school program and is an avid fan of podcasts. One of her favorite episodes of "Armchair Expert" Dax Shepard's podcast, is an interview with Michael Gervais. Sohal considers listening to podcasts a key ingredient in her quest for overall personal well-being, and enjoys Dr. Rangan Chatterjee's "Feel Better, Live More" program.

Sohal's motto, a quote from Charles M. Schulz's Snoopy, "Keep looking up…That's the secret of life," came in handy when a recent project on a rare disease needed perseverance and a strong positive outlook.

There were several challenges with the design of the study and team transition, where adequate help was a big challenge," Sohal says. "It's been a great learning experience, where I had to work different job roles and constantly switch to meet the ever-evolving needs of the project," she continues. But as the ever-optimistic Snoopy would be the first to appreciate, Sohal contemplates the teachable moment of her latest life-challenge: "This project challenged me to grow personally, and reminded me to pay attention to my overall well-being."