Genevera Allen


Genevera Allen is an Associate Professor of Statistics, Computer Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University. She is also a member of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine where she holds a joint appointment. Dr. Allen received her PhD in statistics from Stanford University (2010), under the mentorship of Prof. Robert Tibshirani, and her bachelors, also in statistics, from Rice University (2006).

Dr. Allen's research focuses on developing statistical methods to help scientists make sense of their 'Big Data' in applications such as high-throughput genomics and neuroimaging. Her work lies in the areas of modern multivariate analysis, graphical models, statistical machine learning, and data integration or data fusion. She is the recipient of several honors including a National Science Foundation CAREER award, the International Biometric Society's Young Statistician Showcase award, and the George R. Brown School of Engineering's Research and Teaching Excellence Award at Rice University. In 2013 and 2014, she represented the American Statistical Association (ASA) at the Coalition for National Science Funding on Capitol Hill and has had her research highlighted on the House floor in a speech by Congressman McNerney (D-CA). In 2014, Dr. Allen was named to the "Forbes '30 under 30': Science and Healthcare" list. Dr. Allen currently serves as an Associated Editor for Biometrics, the Secretary / Treasurer for the ASA Section on Statistical Computing, and the Program Chair for the ASA Section on Statistical Learning and Data Science.

Outside of work, Dr. Allen is a patron of the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera and is involved with several arts organizations throughout Houston. She also enjoys traveling, Texas craft beers, and playing viola.