Genevera Allen

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Genevera Allen is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Statistics and Computer Science at Rice University and an investigator at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.  She is also the Founder and Faculty Director of the Rice Center for Transforming Data to Knowledge, informally called the Rice D2K Lab. 

Dr. Allen's research focuses on developing statistical machine learning tools to help scientists make reproducible data-driven discoveries. Her work lies in the areas of interpretable machine learning, optimization, data integration, modern multivariate analysis, and graphical models with applications in neuroscience and bioinformatics.  Dr. Allen is the recipient of several honors including a National Science Foundation Career award, the George R. Brown School of Engineering's Research and Teaching Excellence Award at Rice University, and in 2014, she was named to the "Forbes '30 under 30': Science and Healthcare" list.  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).  

Research Areas

Statistical Machine Learning, Data Integration, Graphical Models, Optimization, Reproducible Data-Driven Discoveries, Applications in Neuroscience and Bioinformatics


Ph.D., Statistics, Stanford University (2010)

B.A., Statistics, Rice University (2006)

Honors & Awards

Elected Member, International Statistics Institute, 2021.

Charles W. Duncan Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty, Rice University, 2021.

Curriculum Innovation Award, George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University, 2020.

Research and Teaching Excellence Award, George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University, 2017.

NSF Career Award, 2016.

Forbes 30 under 30: Science & Healthcare, 2014.

Researcher Media

Can We Trust Scientific Discoveries Made Using Machine Learning? with Genevera Allen

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