Recent advances in the study of human genetic variation and its relationship with disease represent some of the most important findings in the history of medicine and public health. The development and application of appropriate statistical methods is key to these advances.

Dr. Fred Wright

Dr. Fred Wright
Dr. Danyu Lin

Dr. Danyu Lin

The goal of this innovation laboratory, led by Danyu Lin, PhD, Dennis Gillings Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics, and Fred Wright, PhD, professor of biostatistics, is to develop new statistical methods to study the associations between genetic variants and complex diseases. An important aspect of this work will be development of user-friendly open source software. This innovation laboratory will help researchers throughout the world better understand genetic risks and better interpret the biological complexity of genetic association. The project will rely on the renowned strength of the School’s biostatistics department and also will collaborate with other public health and medical experts.

Click here for information about all four new Gillings Innovation Laboratories that have been awarded funding in The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.



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