Bhramar Mukherjee to Lead Data Science and Data Equity at Yale School of Public Health

Bhramar Mukherjee

Bhramar Mukherjee, John D Kalbfleisch Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, will join the Yale School of Public Health to become the inaugural Senior Associate Dean of Public Health Data Science and Data Equity effective August 1, 2024.

“Bhramar has made an extraordinary impact on both the school and the university during her 18 years at Michigan,” said F. DuBois Bowman, dean of Michigan Public Health. “She is a prolific biostatistician, a dynamic leader, and an energetic, thoughtful and talented colleague. I am confident she will continue to pursue great things at Yale.”

Under Mukherjee’s leadership as chair since 2018, the Department of Biostatistics has grown its student enrollment by 35% and launched a new Health Data Science degree program. The department recruited 17 new faculty during her chair term. She founded and has led the Big Data Summer Institute (BDSI) at Michigan Public Health for nine years, providing an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain experience and insight into the enormously complex datasets by working on mentored research projects. 

She served as Associate Director for Cancer Control and Population Sciences from 2015 to 2018 and Associate Director for Quantitative Data Sciences at the Rogel Cancer Center since 2019. In 2023, she joined the Office of the Vice President for Research as Assistant Vice President for Research Data Services Strategy to lead the development of a comprehensive research data services infrastructure across the three University of Michigan campuses.

During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mukherjee and her team played a critical role in tracking and modeling infectious rates during the 2021 COVID-19 surge in India. Her exceptional teaching, service, and research have earned her numerous awards and accolades for her work.

“My students and colleagues at the University of Michigan have defined and shaped my academic identity,” Mukherjee said. “I have gone through the entire range of professorial ranks in the last 18 years—from assistant professor to distinguished university professor—and what a transformative journey it has been. I will forever be grateful to the U-M community for their kindness, generosity and mentoring. I will carry the values and the vision I formed here to a new institution, but U-M will always remain my academic home. Forever and ever, Go Blue!”

In her leadership role at Yale, Mukherjee will lead the coordination of data science across public health disciplines and the university to establish strategies to advance creative, equitable, and transformational data science.

Read more in the Yale School of Public Health’s announcement. 


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