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Faculty Member

Lei Sun Ph.D. in Statistics

Email Address(es)
Office Address
Department of Statistical Sciences 700 University Ave. Toronto, ON M5G 1Z5
Lei Sun's Homepage
Biostatistics Division
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Currently Accepting Doctoral Students?

Research Interests

  • Statistical Genetics and Genomics
  • Applied Statistics and Data Science
  • Robust Association Methods
  • Multiple Hypothesis Testing
  • Selective Inference
  • Computational Tools

Education & Training History

  • 2001: Ph.D. in Statistics, University of Chicago, USA
  • 1995: B.S. in Mathematics, Fudan University, China

Other Affiliations

  • Department of Statistical Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Science (75%)
  • Division of Biostatistics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health (25%)

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

Current Research Projects

Statistical methodology projects:

  • 2022-2027, Methods for including the X chromosome in genetic association studies to advance disease gene mapping (CIHR, co-PIs: Lei Sun and Andrew Paterson), $765,000.
  • 2022-2024, Methods for genome-wide studies of variants with sex differences in genetic effect (Data Sciences Institute (DSI) Catalyst Grant, co-PIs: Lei Sun and Andrew Paterson), $100,000
  • 2020-2024, Back to the future: fast and accurate identification of shared genomic segments for disease gene mapping using population-based linkage analysis to take advantage of founder effects (CIHR, co-PIs: Andrew Paterson and Lei Sun), $680,852.
  • 2018-2023, Robust allele-based association analyses of complex genetic data (NSERC, Individual Discovery Grant), $260,000.

Collaborative projects:

  • 2020-2022, Mitochondria, Inflammation and Genetics: New Approaches for Psychosis Early Detection and Intervention (CAMH Discovery Fund Seed Funding Competition, co-PIs: Vanessa Goncalves, Lei Sun;  co-I: James Kennedy), $198,022.
  • 2019-2022, Genetic epidemiology of cystic fibrosis (Cystic Fibrosis of Canada, CFC, PI: Lisa Strug), $300,000.

Recent Publications with trainees§

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