Cavan S. Reilly, PhD

Professor, Division of Biostatistics

Cavan S. Reilly

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-9644

Office Address:
2221 University Ave. SE, Ste. 200

Mailing Address:
Coordinating Centers for Biometric Research
2221 University Ave. SE., Ste. 200
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Professor, Division of Biostatistics

Director, Coordinating Centers for Biometric Research

PhD, Statistics, Columbia University, 2000

MS, Statistics, Columbia University, 1997

MA, Economics, New School for Social Research, 1995

BS, Sociology, University of Minnesota, 1993


As the associate director of the Coordinating Centers for Biometric Research, my work focuses on design, implementation, and analysis of clinical research on infectious diseases, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS and Ebola virus disease (EVD). I also have interests in other chronic diseases such as COPD. I'm currently involved with multiple clinical trials and a cohort study of EVD survivors.


Chronic diseases, genetics, infectious disease, Bayesian analysis, high throughput assays, clinical trials, data management systems, HIV/AIDS, Ebola virus disease, COPD

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

  • NIH, "PREVAIL III: A Natural History Study of Ebola Survivors" 
  • 12/13–12/17, USDA, "Regulation and Integration of Hepatic Function with Mammary and Adipose Metabolism in Multiparous Holstein Cows During the Periparturient Period" 
  • 2/16–5/17, NIH, "PREVAIL IV: Viral Persistence in Semen of Ebola Survivors," Principal Investigator
  • 1/16–12/18, NIH, "Minnesota Summer Institute in Training in Biostatistics," Principal Investigator
  • 2/13–1/18, NIH, "Reversing Tissue Fibrosis to Improve Immune Reconstruction in HIV," Co-Investigator
  • 4/16–3/21, NIH, "Interplay Between Lipophagy and Mitophagy in Skeletal Aging," Co-Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed


  • Reilly, C, Statistics in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, 2009, CRC Press

Recent Publications

  • Pettitt J, Higgs E, Fallah M, Nason M, Stavale E, Marchand J, Reilly C, Jensen K, Dighero-Kemp B, Tuznik K, Logue J, Bolay F, Hensley L. "Assessment and Optimization of the GeneXpert Diagnostic Platform for Detection of Ebola Virus RNA in Seminal Fluid," The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Dec 2016
  • Gulcev M, Reilly C, Griffin TJ, Broeckling CD, Sandri BJ, Witthuhn BA, Hodgson SW, Woodruff PG, Wendt CH. "Tryptophan Catabolism in Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease," International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sept 2016
  • Enns EA, Reilly CS, Virnig BA, Baker K, Vogenthaler N, Henry K. "Potential Impact of Integrating HIV Surveillance and Clinic Data on Retention-in-Care Estimates and Re-Engagement Efforts," AIDS Patient Care and STDs, Sept 2016
  • Deleage C, Wietgrefe SW, Del Prete G, Morcock DR, Hao XP, Piatak M Jr, Bess J, Anderson JL, Perkey KE, Reilly C, McCune JM, Haase AT, Lifson JD, Schacker TW, Estes JD. "Defining HIV and SIV Reservoirs in Lymphoid Tissues," Pathogens & Immunity, Spring 2016
  • Rawson JM, Roth ME, Xie J, Daly MB, Clouser CL, Landman SR, Reilly CS, Bonnac L, Kim B, Patterson SE, Mansky LM. "Synergistic Reducation of HIV-1 Infectivity by 5-Azacytidine and Inhibitors of Ribonucleotide Reductaste," Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, June 2016


Teaching Areas

I teach and advise students in the Biostatistics program. Within the program, I helped design two courses, which I also teach: PubH 8446 Advanced Statistical Genetics and Genomics and PubH 7445 Statistics for Human Genetics and Molecular Biology. 

I also teach in the Summer Institute in Biostatistics, which provides undergraduates with a six-week introduction to the field.


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