Susan Holmes
  • Professor of Statistics and member of BioX, Stanford University.
  • John Henry Samter University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.
  • Fellow of the Fields Institute.
  • Moderator for the stat.AP arxiv.
  • Editor for the IMS-Cambridge Series Monographs and Textbooks in Statistics and Probability.
  • I was a 2017-2018 fellow the CASBS.
  • I started my career as a Researcher at INRA, Montpellier.
  • email myemail, on twitter mytwitter as @SherlockpHolmes
  • Office: Sequoia 102 and Clark S251.
  • book - A new book with Wolfgang Huber is available online here and here MSMBCover
  • and as a paperback from CUPress or from amazon uk or soon from amazon usa

My official university profile


Brought up in the French School of Data Analysis (Analyse des Données) in the 1980’s, I am a Data Scientists specialized in exploring and visualizing complex biological data.

I am interested in integrating the information provided by phylogenetic trees, community interaction graphs and metabolic networks with sequencing data and clinical covariates.

I use computational statistics, in particular, nonparametric computer intensive methods such as the bootstrap and MCMC to draw inferences about many complex biological phenomena, interactions between the immune system and cancer, resilience and biomarker detection in the human microbiome and drug resistance in HIV. I enjoy teaching using R and BioConductor and try to make everything I do freely available.

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