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Joseph Ibrahim, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and researcher developing statistical methodology related to cancer and genomics research.

Alumni Distinguished Professor, Biostatistics
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Biostatistics
Director, Laboratory for Innovative Clinical Trials
Director, Cancer Genomics Training Grant
UNC-Chapel Hill
Clinical Research

Area of Interest

Joseph Ibrahim, PhD, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics, is principal investigator of two National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants for developing statistical methodology related to cancer and genomics research.

Ibrahim is also the Director of the Biostatistics Core at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Ibrahim is currently the biostatistical core leader for the NIH-funded Breast Cancer Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) project. He is also co-PI of the statistical P01 grant titled “Statistical Methods in Cancer Clinical Trials.”

Ibrahim’s areas of research focus are Bayesian inference, missing data problems, medical imaging analysis and genomics. He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in statistics from the University of Minnesota in 1988. With more than 24 years of experience working in cancer clinical trials, Ibrahim directs the UNC Center for Innovative Clinical Trials — one of eight Gillings Innovation Labs funded by a gift to the School from Dr. Dennis and Joan Gillings.

Ibrahim is also the director of graduate studies in the Department of Biostatistics at the Gillings School, as well as the program director of the cancer genomics training grant in the same department.

He has served on several national committees and study sections, including as the section chair of the Section on Bayesian Statistical Science of the American Statistical Association and the Biostatistical Methods and Research Design (BMRD) NIH Study Section. He has also served as the associate editor for several statistical journals, and was the editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Society (JASA) – Application and Case Studies from 2013 to 2015.

Ibrahim has published more than 325 research papers, mostly in the top statistical journals. He also has published two advanced graduate-level books on Bayesian survival analysis and Monte Carlo methods in Bayesian computation. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

Awards and Honors

  • Alumni Distinguished Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2006
  • Janssen Research Foundation Chair in Survival Analysis, Limbergs Universitair Centrum (LUC), Belgium, 2005
  • Elected Fellow, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, 2000
  • Elected Member, International Statistical Institute, 2000
  • Elected Fellow, American Statistical Association, 1999
  • Elected Fellow, Royal Statistical Society, 1989

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