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Yildiz Yilmaz

Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics and Discipline of Genetics Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics and Discipline of Genetics PhD (Waterloo)


(709) 864-6519


Department of Mathematics and Statistics Room HH-3057 Memorial University of Newfoundland St. Johnâ€TMs, NL, A1C 5S7, Canada



Research Interests: Statistical genetics, Genetic epidemiology, Survival analysis, Event history analysis, Incomplete data analysis, Multivariate analysis.

2009 - PhD in Statistics, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
2004 - MSc in Statistics, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey
2004 - MSc in Computer Engineering, METU
2002 - BSc in Statistics (with minor in Computer Engineering), METU

Professional Experience:
2013 -present Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and in the Discipline of Genetics with a cross appointment in the Discipline of Medicine

2009 - 2013 Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2011 - 2013 Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Yilmaz’s research interests are in the areas of statistical theory and methodology, and in statistical methods in biostatistics and statistical genetics. In particular, her work focuses on survival analysis, event history analysis, multivariate modeling and analysis, incomplete data analysis and response-selective sampling. Her work has been motivated by important problems in biomedicine and genetics.

She currently has the following research programs within the field of statistics, genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics: 1) development and application of novel methods to model time-to-event phenotypes in genome-wide studies, 2) development and application of genetic association methods based on joint models of multiple phenotypes, and 3) evaluation of designs and statistical methods under response-dependent sampling.

Group Members:
Dr. Yanjing He (post-doctoral fellow in Statistics and Genetics)
Ms. Yuan Wang (MSc student in Statistics)
Mr. Wenbin Zhang (MSc student in Computer Science)
Ms. Patricia Judd (MSc student in Statistics)
Ms. Michelle Penney (MSc student in Genetics)

Current Financial Support:
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Research and Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador
Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University