Joseph Ibrahim

Joseph Ibrahim, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member, an Alumni Distinguished Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Biostatistics at UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Joseph Ibrahim

UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Genetics
Clinical Research

McGavran-Greenberg Hall Chapel Hill

Dr. Joseph Ibrahim, Alumni Distinguished Professor of biostatistics at UNC, is principal investigator of two National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants for developing statistical methodology related to cancer and genomics research. He is also the Co-PI of a statistical P01 center grant for developing statistical methods in cancer clinical trials. Dr. Ibrahim is the Director of the Biostatistics Core at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is the biostatistical core leader of a Specialized Program of Research Excellence – or SPORE – grant in breast cancer from the NIH. With over 24 years of experience working in cancer clinical trials, Dr. Ibrahim also directs the UNC Center for Innovative Clinical Trials.

Area of interest

Dr. Ibrahim's areas of research focus are Bayesian inference, missing data problems, clinical trials, and cancer genomics. He received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Minnesota in 1988. He is the Director of Graduate Studies in UNC’s Department of Biostatistics, as well as the Program Director of the cancer genomics training grant in the department. He has directed or co-directed 32 doctoral students and 8 post-doctoral fellows. He has taught courses in Bayesian statistics, Advanced Statistical Inference, Generalized Linear Models, and Missing Data in the Department of Biostatistics at UNC. Dr. Ibrahim has served on several national committees and study sections, including the Section Chair of the Section on Bayesian Statistical Science of the American Statistical Association and being a regular member of the Biostatistical Methods and Research Design (BMRD) NIH Study Section. He was the Editor for the Journal of the American Statistical Association – Applications and Case Studies from 2013-2015. He has also served and is currently serving as the Associate Editor for several statistical journals. Dr. Ibrahim has published over 300 research papers, mostly in 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

  • 1999- Fellow, American Statistical Association 
  • 2000- Fellow, Institute of Mathematical Statistics
  • 2000- Elected member, International Statistical Institute

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