Eric Bair, PhD




Research Assistant Professor

Research Assistant Professor 

REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

Koury 4503
School of Dentistry
Campus Box 7450
Chapel Hill 27599-7450

T: 919-537-3276



2004 Stanford University PhD, Statistics
2004 Stanford University MS, Biology
2002 Stanford University MS, Statistics
1998 Utah State University BS, Mathematics/Statistics


BIOS 610 Biostatistics for Laboratory Scientists  

Research interests

  • Cancer
  • Disabilities
  • Reproductive Health
  • Women’s health

Research activities

My primary appointment is in UNC’s Center for Neurosensory Disorders, where I study chronic pain conditions. I am involved with the OPPERA study, which is a large-scale prospective study to identify the risk factors of temporo-mandibular disorder. I also work on several smaller studies on arthritis and other chronic pain conditions. In particular, I recently began a study to identify risk factors for dysmenorrhea (severe pain during menstruation) and other chronic pain conditions that are specific to women. My statistical research interests include machine learning and statistical genetics. I am developing novel methods to predict the risk of disease (or other outcomes) based on high-throughput genetic data (such as microarrays or genome-wide association studies) and methods to identify clusters in complex, high-dimensional data sets.