Welcome to my Homepage! I am Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics in the University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Previously, I served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Emory University. My research is sponsored by extramural grants from National Institutes of Mental Health, National Institutes of Aging, Veterans Affairs, and other funding sources. I currently have multiple open GRA and postdoc positions available in my Lab - please send me an email if interested.

My research is focused on developing practical statistical methods and theory motivated by high-dimensional biomedical applications in epidemiology, neuroimaging, and -omics applications., with a goal of integrating multi-scale and multi-modal data from multiple experimental conditions or longitudinal visits. Among other areas, I have worked on non- and semi-parametric Bayesian approaches, density estimation and regression, high dimensional variable selection and graphical models, and more recently neural networks. I work at the interface of statistics, machine learning, and computer science to develop efficient and scalable solutions to complex problems involving data from multiple sources and leveraging prior biological knowledge from existing databases or expert knowledge. I have developed software for implementing several methods, diligently focused on teaching and mentoring students, successfully obtained external funding, and developed productive collaborations. I also enjoy being involved in various service activities . I served as the Director of the Data Analytics and Biostatistics (DAB) core in the Department of Medicine (DOM) at Emory, and currently serve in the Editorial board of Biometrics as Associate Editor.

Research Interests

Bayesian networks, factor models, non-and semi-parametric Bayes, high dimensional feature selection, integrative methods, latent variable models, model selection, deep learning, neuroimaging statistics, statistical methods in genetics

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Biostatistics, The University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center; 2021-present.

  • Director, Data Analytics and Biostatistics Core for Department of Medicine, Emory University, June 2019 - present

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Emory University, 2014 - present.

  • Postdoctoral research associate at Department of Statistics, Texas A&M University, and Department of

  • Biostatistics, MD Anderson. Sep 2012 - Jun 2014.

  • Research assistant at Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, UNC Chapel Hill. 2008-2012.

Here is my Google Scholar link: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=0t18nFwAAAAJ


  • Instructor for `{\it Time Series \& Functional Data Analysis}', Department of Biostatistics, Emory University, Spring 2021. Course is 2 credits.

  • Instructor for `{\it Advanced Topics in the Analysis of Neuroimaging Data}', Department of Biostatistics, Emory University, Spring 2020. Course is 2 credits.

  • Instructor for `Advanced Linear Models', Department of Biostatistics, Emory University, Fall, 2015-2019. This course is 4 credits and a core curriculum course for Bios doctoral students

  • Co-Lecturer for `Bios Introduction to Large Scale Biomedical Data Analysis', Department of Biostatistics, Emory University, Fall 2016-2019.

  • Hosted the Bayesian Journal Club from 2015-2017.

  • Co-Instructor for `{\it Advanced Bayesian Modeling and Computation}', Department of Statistics, Texas A\&M, Spring 2013.

Email: skundu2@mdanderson.org