Statistical Genetics Training Grant

The Statistical Genetics (StatGen) program draws students from four PhD programs at the University of Washington: Biostatistics, Statistics, Genome Sciences, and Institute for Public Health Genetics.





How to Apply

The StatGen Training Program equips a new generation of researchers with the necessary skills to work at the interface of statistics and genetics for biomedical genetic research of today and the future. Technological advancements in genetics and genomics have led to a wealth of data, facilitating a fundamental change in the landscape of biomedical research. A new generation of scientists who have a strong foundation in statistics as well as interdisciplinary training in genetics is urgently needed to effectively analyze and interpret these data.

Students enrolled in the program will:
  • Complete the program curriculum that consists of four core courses: a two-course sequence in statistical genetics and two courses in genomics.
  • Select and be paired with a world-class research mentor in the training program and conduct research in the lab of the mentor.
  • Fully engage in the collaborative and multidisciplinary scientific environment for biomedical research in genetics at the University of Washington, providing them with extensive knowledge about cutting-edge biomedical research in genetics.

Statistical Genetics Faculty

Faculty who would like to be considered for addition to the StatGen Training Program should send a CV and brief statement explaining why they would like to be added to the program to Timothy Thornton.

PI Contact:

  • Timothy Thornton, PhD
  • Professor of Biostatistics
  • Robert W. Day Endowed Professor of Public Health
  • School of Public Health
  • University of Washington

Training Faculty


Trainees in Biostatistics or Statistics are expected to follow the course sequence in the Biostatistics PhD StatGen Pathway or Statistics PhD StatGen Pathway, respectively. Trainees in other PhD programs are expected to follow and enroll in the statistical genetics certificate program. Below are the courses that StatGen trainees are required to take:

StatGen Core Courses

There are four core courses required by the trainees, two courses in statistical genetics and two courses in genomics:
  • STAT/BIOST 550
  • STAT/BIOST 551*
  • GENOME 562
  • GENOME 540 or 541(**)
*Note: 550 is prerequisite of 551 **Note: To take 541 without 540 requires permission of the instructor: students who have taken STAT/BIOST 550 will have the necessary background to be given this permission.

StatGen Seminar

Trainees are required to enroll in the StatGen Seminar (BIOST 381) while in the program:
  • 3 quarters of StatGen seminar (BIOST 581) each academic year

Training in Ethics

Trainees must complete at least one of the following three options to meet the responsible conduct of research requirement:
  • BIOST 532: Ethical Issues for Biostatisticians
  • GENOME 580: Ethics
  • The Biomedical Research Integrity Series.

Current Trainees

  • Hanley Kingston
  • Amanda Kunkle
  • Nandana Rao
  • Seth Temple
  • Zorian Thornton

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following to Dr. Timothy Thornton:
  • Completed application form.
  • Current CV. CV should include any publications
  • Letter of Interest/Statement of Purpose
  • Provide a brief description (1-2 pages) of your research interest and goals, and how they relate to STATGEN

The Statistical Genetics Training program is funded by an NIH/NIGMS T32 Training Grant: T32 GM081062.