Pranab Sen, PhD

Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor Department of Biostatistics

T:(919) 966-7274

3105E McGavran-Greenberg Hall

CB #7420

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Pranab Sen is the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He has profound experience and expertise in statistical methodology with applications to clinical, environmental and public health studies over almost five decades. In general, he is very optimistic about the scope for using nonstandard and possibly nonparametric statistical methods to provide more reliable and robust statistical resolutions.

Honors and Awards

John E. Larsh Jr. Mentoring Award
2012, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Honorary D.Sc. Degree
2012, University of Calcutta

P.K. Sen Visiting Professorship
2011, Departments of Biostatistics and Statistics

Kalyani Sen Scholarship for International Students
2011, Department of Biostatistics

Lifetime Achievement Award
2011, International Indian Statistical Association

Samuel S. Wilks Award
2010, American Statistical Association

Senior Noether Scholar Award
2002, American Statistical Association

McGavran Teaching Award
1996, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Commemoration Medal
1988, Czech Union of Physicist and Mathematicians

Prague Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Statistics
1988, Charles University

CBMS Lecturer in Statistics
1983, National Science Foundation

Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor
1982, University of North Carolina

Research Training Scholarship
1958-1961, Calcutta University and Government of India

Jubilee Scholarship

Gold Medal in Statistics
1957, Calcutta University

Research Activities

Environment (air), Statistical inference, Nonparametrics, Multivariate analysis, Sequential analysis, Large-sample methodology, Stochastic processes, Survival analysis, Environmetrics, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics methodology

Service Activities

Life Member: Calcutta Statistical Association (president 2003-2006)

Honorary Fellow: International Indian Statistical Association (elected 2000)

Member: International Statistical Institute (elected 1973)

Fellow: American Statistical Association (elected 1969)

Fellow: Institute of Mathematical Statistics (elected 1968)

Key Publications

Non-homogeneous poisson process model for genetic crossover interference. Leu, S.Y., Sen, P.K. (2014). Communications in Statistics - Theory and Methods, 43(1), 44-71.

Generalized mann-whitney type tests for microarray experiments. Fischer, D.; Oja, H.; Schleutker, J.; Sen, P.K.; Wahlfors, T.  (2014). Scandinavian Journal of Statistics, 41(3), 672-692.

Rank tests for short memory stationarity. Pelagatti, M.M.; Sen, P.K. (2013). Journal of Econometrics, 172(1), 90-105.

A hierarchical functional data analytic approach for analyzing physiologically based pharmacokinetic models. Mandal, S.; Sen, P.K.; Peddada, S.D.  (2013). Environmetrics, 24(3), 172-179.

Bivariate high-level exceedance and the Chen-Stein theorem in genomics multiple hypothesis testing perspectives. Sen, P.K.; Kang, M.  (2013). Statistics and Probability Letters, 83(7), 1725-1730.


PhD, Statistics, Calcutta University, 1962

MSc, Statistics, Calcutta University, 1957

BSc, Statistics, Calcutta University, 1955