Biography and Activities

  • Professor of Statistics and member of BioX, Stanford University.
  • John Henry Samter University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.
  • Fellow of the Fields Institute.
  • Fellow of the Institute for Mathematical Statistics.
  • Moderator for the stat.AP arxiv.
  • Fellow (2017-2018) at CASBS (Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences).
  • My early career was spent as an applied statistican and researcher at INRA, Montpellier.
  • Currently not on campus, normally my offices are Sequoia 102 and Clark S251.

Research and interests

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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