Elizabeth D. Schifano, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Undergraduate Program Director

Department of Statistics
University of Connecticut
215 Glenbrook Road, U-4120
Storrs, Connecticut 06269

Office: AUST 317
Phone: (860) 486-6143

Dr. Schifano received her Ph.D. in Statistics from Cornell University in 2010. Before joining UConn, she spent two years at Harvard School of Public Health as postdoctoral research fellow in Biostatistics. Dr. Schifano's broad research interests are in developing statistical methods for genomic, public health and medical data.

Beginning in July 2019, Dr. Schifano serves the UConn Department of Statistics as Undergraduate Program Director. Students wishing to make an appointment with her should do so via Nexus.

Dr. Schifano is also affiliated with the UConn Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to the study of the dynamics of health risk behavior and processes of health behavioral change in individuals and targeted at-risk populations.

Research Interests

Big data analytics

Genetic epidemiology

High-dimensional and correlated data analysis

Statistical genomics

Survival analysis

Variable selection via penalized optimization


Fall 2020: Applied Statistics I (BIST/STAT5505),

Introduction to Biostatistics (STAT4625-BIST/STAT5625)

Course materials are available on HuskyCT


Harvard School of Public Health

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Biostatistics, 2010 - 2012


Cornell University

Ph.D. Statistics, 2010

M.S. Statistics, 2007

B.S. Biometry and Statistics, Summa Cum Laude, 2004