Rebecca Doerge is the Glen de Vries Dean of the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining both the Department of Statistics and the Department of Biology at Carnegie Mellon University she was the Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Purdue University. Dean Doerge joined Purdue University in 1995 and held a joint appointment between the Colleges of Agriculture (Department of Agronomy) and Science (Department of Statistics) until her departure from Purdue University. Professor Doerge's research program is focused on Statistical Bioinformatics, a component of bioinformatics that brings together many scientific disciplines into one arena to ask, answer, and disseminate biologically interesting information in the quest to understand the ultimate function of DNA and epigenomic associations. Rebecca is the recipient the Teaching for Tomorrow Award, Purdue University, 1996; University Scholar Award, Purdue University, 2001-06; and the Provost's Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor, Purdue University, 2010. She is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (2007), an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007), and a Fellow of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC; 2009). She is the Chair-Elect of the AAAS Section U. Dean Doerge has published over 130 scientific articles, published two books, and graduated 25 PhD students.
Rebecca was born and raised in upstate New York. As a first generation student, she studied theoretical Mathematics at the University of Utah; it was there that she gained interest and experience in both computing and Human Genetics. Rebecca obtained her PhD in Statistics from North Carolina State University under the direction of Bruce Weir, and was a postdoctoral fellow with Gary Churchill, Biometry and Plant Breeding at Cornell University.
Dean Doerge is a past member of the Board of Trustees for both the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, and the Mathematical Biosciences Institute. She is a member of the Engineering External Review Committee at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and a member of the Global Open-Source Breeding Informatics Initiative (GOBII) Advisory Board.