Brian S. Yandell

Interim Director, American Family Insurance Data Science Institute
Director, Biometry Program
Professor, Statistics & Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1300 University Avenue (MSC-room 1120)
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1510 USA
Telephone: (608) 263-3304, Fax: (608) 262-0032
email: byandell @
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I work on a variety of problems related to statistical genomics, with the goal of unraveling the complex relationships between observable traits (such as flowering time or clinical signs of diabetes) and molecular signals (mRNA expression, protein and metabolite levels, etc.). My primary interest in statistical methodology has evolved into development of informatics platforms that allow biologists and data analysts to share data and algorithms. This work includes model selection for gene mapping (QTL), expression hotspot analysis and causal phenotype models.

Department of Statistics
Department of Horticulture
Biometry Program (Director)
Data Science Hub (co-lead)
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (Discovery Fellow)
Plant Breeding & Plant Genetics Program
Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics (Affiliate)
Institute of Environmental Studies (Associate)
Evolutionary Biology

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1974 BSc Mathematics, Caltech (Ruddock House & Gnome Club)
1974-5 Watson Fellow
1978 MA Statistics, U CA Berkeley
1981 PhD Biostatistics, U CA Berkeley (advisor Kjell A. Doksum)
Research Interests: biometry in general, gene mapping (QTL) and statistical genomics in particular.
Fun Activities: yoga, dancing, hiking, biking, folk music, genealogy.