Professor and Director
Dr. D.C. Rao, Professor of Biostatistics, joined the Division of Biostatistics as its Director in 1980. He holds joint appointments as professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Genetics, and as adjunct professor in the Department of Mathematics. He is a member and Past-President of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society (1996) and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the society’s journal, Genetic Epidemiology (1984-91).
Dr. Rao’s overall research interest is the genetic dissection of common complex traits, including GxE interactions in cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and their co-morbidities. He has published over 600 research articles and is a co-author of six books. He is currently the PI of several research projects, including Data Coordinating Centers for several multicenter family and genetic studies.
Dr. Rao is active in training and mentoring activities: Program Director of the GEMS program, the new MSIBS Program, a Summer Institute Program (PRIDE), and a Post-Doctoral Training Grant.