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Robert L. Strawderman, Sc.D.

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Administrative: (585) 275-6688

Office: (585) 275-6688

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Professional Background

Dr. Strawderman holds the Donald M. Foster, M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Biostatistics and is Chair of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Dr. Strawderman moved to the University of Rochester to become chair in 2012. He has previously held tenured professorial appointments at Cornell University - Ithaca (2000-2012) and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1992-2000). He received his masters and doctoral degrees in Biostatistics from Harvard University in 1990 and 1992, respectively.

Dr. Strawderman's academic honors include being named as: Fellow of the American Statistical Association (2006), the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard University (2008), Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (2012), and Dean's Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (2012-2014).


My major research area is survival analysis. More generally, I am interested in statistical inference for point process data (e.g., recurrent events); statistical learning methods for risk and outcome prediction in medicine, epidemiology and public health; statistical and computational methods for high dimensional data; statistical methods for evaluating the cost and quality of health care; asymptotics (theory and approximation); and various problems in statistical computing.



BA | Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

MS | Harvard University

DSc | Harvard University


2014 - Present
Donald M. Foster Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: School of Medicine and Dentistry

2012 - 2014
Deans Professorship
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: School of Medicine and Dentistry

2012 - 2012
Elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics

2009 - 2009
Distinguished Scholars Lecturer
Sponsor: University of Buffalo
Location: Biostatistics

2008 - 2008
Distinguished Alumni Award
Sponsor: Harvard University
Location: Biostatistics

2006 - 2006
Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association

1998 - 1998
Journal of the American Statistical Association Theory and Methods Special Invited Paper

1992 - 1992
John Van Ryzin Award
Sponsor: ENAR

1992 - 1992
Robert Reed Prize
Sponsor: Harvard University
Location: Department of Biostatistics

1989 - 1992
Harvard University Teaching Fellow

1988 - 1990
National Library of Medicine Training Grant recipient

1988 - 1988
Magna Cum Laude
Sponsor: Rutgers University

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Journal Articles

Kang J, Coates JT, Strawderman RL, Rosenstein BL, Kerns SL. "Genomics models in radiotherapy: From mechanistic to machine learning". Journal of Medical Physics. 2019; .

Desa DE, Bhanote M, Hill RL, Majeski JB, Buscaglia B, D'Aguiar M, Strawderman R, Hicks DG, Turner BM, Brown EB. "Second-harmonic generation directionality is associated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy response in breast cancer core needle biopsies." Journal of biomedical optics.. 2019 Aug 0; 24(8):1-9.

Liu L, Shih Y, Strawderman RL, Zhang D, Johnson B, Chai H. "Statistical Analysis of Zero-Inflated Nonnegative Continuous Data: A Review". Statistical Science. 2019; 34(2): 253-279.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Statistical Tests of Regularity among Groups with HIV Self-Test Data.
Book Title: Quantitative Methods for HIV/AIDS Research
Author List: Rice J, Strawderman RL, Johnson BA
Published By: CRC PRESS 2017

Chapter Title: Higher-order asymptotic approximation: Laplace, saddlepoint, and related methods.
Book Title: Statistics in the 21st Century
Author List: Strawderman RL
Published By: Chapman and Hall 2002

Chapter Title: A weak convergence result relevant in recurrent and renewal models.
Book Title: Recent Advances in Reliability Theory
Author List: Pena EA, Strawderman RL, and Hollander M
Published By: Birkhäuser 2000 in Boston, MA