James Lee

Lei Sun


About me

I studied Mathematics at Fudan University as an undergrad, and obtained my PhD in Statistics from the University of Chicago in 2001. I met my colleague and future husband Radu in Chicago, and we were lucky to join the University of Toronto at the same time in 2001. Since 2014, I split my time between Biostatistics (25%) of Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Statistical Sciences (75%) of Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto.

Research and Awards

My thesis work, under the supervision of Mary Sara McPeek, was on "Two Statistical Problems in Human Genetics", and I have never looked elsewhere since then! My research program deals with a wide range of applied problems arising from genetic and genomic studies of complex human traits, for which statistical methodologies fall into the categories of multiple hypothesis testing, robust association methods and selective inference. We also try to implement methods as open-resource programs.

Curriculum Vitae & Publications

CRM-SSC Prize in Statistics 2017

NSERC DAS Program Award 2018

Teaching and Education

My primary teaching responsibility includes Fundamentals of Statistical Genetics (Undergrad/Graduate STA480/STA2080), Modern Statistical Genetics (Graduate CHL 5224), and Multiple Hypothesis Testing and Its Applications (Graduate STA4515). I also present at various workshops including Statistical Fundamentals of Polygenic Risk Score. I am in the process of making all my teaching and workshop materials open resource, available at GitHub .

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