Professor of Statistics and Health Research and Policy (Biostatistics)
Iain M. Johnstone is Professor in the Department of Statistics at Stanford University and holds a joint appointment in biostatistics inthe Department of Biomedical Data Science in Stanford’s School of Medicine. A native of Australia, he received his Ph.D. in Statistics from Cornell in 1981. His work in theoretical statistics has used ideas from harmonic analysis, such as wavelets, to understand estimation methods in statistical signal and image processing. More recently, he has applied random matrix theory to the study of high-dimensional multivariate statistical methods, such as principal components and canonical correlation analysis. In biostatistics, he has collaborated extensively with investigators in cardiology and prostate cancer. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a former president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. From 2003—2008, he served as Senior Associate Dean for Natural Sciences and Vice Dean of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford. He has served on advisory committees for the National Research Council and as a former chair of the NSF Advisory Committee on Mathematical and Physical Sciences.