J. Sunil Rao

J. Sunil Rao, PhD

Professor, Division of Biostatistics


Director of Biostatistics, Masonic Cancer Center (MCC)


PhD, Biostatistics, University of Toronto
MS, Biostatistics, University of Minnesota
BSc, Biology, University of Ottawa


My research focuses on developing new statistical methods for better modeling complex data that can cover a range of possibilities from cancer genomics to contextual data and health disparity estimation. This has included work on high dimensional modeling, mixed model prediction, model selection, small area estimation, bump/mode hunting, and active information.


Shrinkage estimation, mixed models, model selection, small area estimation, machine learning.

Awards and Recognition

  • Fellow of the American Statistical Association (2011)
  • Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (2016)

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