Genevera Allen

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Genevera Allen is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Statistics, and Computer Science at Rice University and an investigator at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. She is also the Founder of the Center for Transforming Data to Knowledge, informally called the Rice D2K Lab.

Dr. Allen’s research focuses on developing statistical machine learning tools to help people make reproducible data-driven discoveries. Her work lies in the areas of interpretable machine learning, data integration, modern multivariate analysis, and graphical models with applications in neuroscience and bioinformatics. In 2018, Dr. Allen founded the Rice D2K Lab, a campus hub for experiential learning and data science education.

Dr. Allen is the recipient of several honors for both her research and teaching including a National Science Foundation Career Award, Rice University’s Duncan Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty, and the George R. Brown School of Engineering’s Research and Teaching Excellence Award; in 2014, she was named to the “Forbes ’30 under 30′: Science and Healthcare” list. Dr. Allen received her Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University (2010), under the mentorship of Prof. Robert Tibshirani, and her bachelors, also in statistics, from Rice University (2006).


Ph.D., Statistics, Stanford University (2010)

B.A., Statistics, Rice University (2006)


  • Elected Member, International Statistics Institute, 2021.
  • Charles W. Duncan Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty, Rice University, 2021.
  • Curriculum Innovation Award, George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University, 2020.
  • Research and Teaching Excellence Award, George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University, 2017.
  • NSF Career Award, 2016.
  • Forbes 30 under 30: Science & Healthcare, 2014.