Saonli Basu

Division of Biostatistics
School of Public Health

Affiliate Professor
Department of Statistics
University of Washington



Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

The focus of my research is developing statistical methodologies for genetic mapping of complex traits. In particular, I have developed trait-model-free approaches for linkage detection using extended pedigrees. My general interest includes computational statistics, parametric and nonparametric inferences and their application in different areas of statistical genetics.Currently I am working on modeling heritability, association between multiple variants (both rare and common) and single or multiple traits in case-control/cohort or in family studies . My methodological research is supported by NIH/NIDA R01 and NIH/NIDDK R21. I am also involved as a co-investigator in several R01s led by faculty in Epidemiology and Psychology. My collaborative work involves addressing statistical issues in pedigree-based or cohort-based genome-wide association studies. I have developed and applied my methods to a variety of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, Alzheimers, kidney allograft rejection, substance abuse, venous thrombosis, and graft-versus-host disease post hematopoetic stem cell transplant.

I am currently the co-director of a statistical genomics training grant. More information about the training program can be found here

Honors and Awards

Chair, American Statistical Association - Section on Statistics in Genomics and Genetics, 2020.

Elected Fellow, American Statistical Association, 2017.

Standing member of NIH BMRD study section, 2017-2021.

Young Investigator, International Indian Statistical Association, 2016.


Fall 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019: Statistics in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology (PUBH 8445)

Fall 2008, 2009, 2010,2011,2012: Probability Models (PUBH 8432)

Spring 2007,2008 2014: Biostatistics I (PUBH 6450)

Contact Information

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420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 624-2135
Fax : (612) 626-0660