David B. Dunson

David B. Dunson

Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Statistical Science

External address: 
218 Old Chemistry Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90251, Durham, NC 27708-0251
(919) 684-8025


Development of novel approaches for representing and analyzing complex data.  A particular focus is on methods that incorporate geometric structure (both known and unknown) and on probabilistic approaches to characterize uncertainty.  In addition, a big interest is in scalable algorithms and in developing approaches with provable guarantees.

This fundamental work is directly motivated by applications in biomedical research, network data analysis, neuroscience, genomics, ecology, and criminal justice.   

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Emory University 1997

  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University 1994

Selected Grants

Predicting Treatment Futility in Refractory Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma awarded by (Statistical Analyst). 2014 to 2015

Bayesian Methods for Assessing Gene by Environment Interactions awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2015

Nonparametric Bayes Methods for Biomedical Studies awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2015

Emergence of Cardiometabolic Risk Across the Lifecycle in China awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2014

Exome-wide screening for common mutations in lymphoma awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2011 to 2013

Transfer and Active Learning for Intent Recognition awarded by Office of Naval Research (Investigator). 2008 to 2012