Kosorok awarded Kenan Professorship

Dec. 2, 2013

Michael Kosorok, PhD, chair of the biostatistics department at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was named a W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor, effective July 1.


Dr. Michael Kosorok

The Kenan Professorship is an endowed faculty position awarded to outstanding scholars and teachers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kosorok joined the biostatistics faculty as professor and chair in 2006.  He is also professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Statistics and Operations Research,  research fellow at UNC’s Cecil B. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and director of the Biostatistics Core of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute.

In 2011, Kosorok was awarded a $12.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to find ways to design more effective clinical trials for cancer treatments. The five-year award, the largest of its kind given by NCI, includes researchers from UNC, Duke University and N.C. State University. The project supports a major collaborative and multidisciplinary effort that takes advantage of the many clinical and statistical experts at the three universities and the highly-rated cancer centers at UNC and Duke.

Author of 117 peer-reviewed journal articles and the book, Introduction to Empirical Processes and Semiparametric Inference (Springer, 2008), Kosorok has served as associate editor for six journals, including Annals of Statistics and Journal of the American Statistical Association (for theory and methods), among others. He was elected an honorary fellow of both the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

“This well-deserved recognition associates [Dr. Kosorok] with the University’s most distinguished scholars and teachers,” read a letter from the faculty council, signed by faculty chair Dr. Jan Boxill and secretary Dr. Joseph Ferrell. “We are proud to claim [him] as a colleague.”

Kosorok graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in music and master’s degree in statistics (1988) from Brigham Young University and received master’s and doctoral degrees in biostatistics (1991) from the University of Washington at Seattle. A respected composer, he also earned a Master of Music in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu