Dr. David Benkeser is Associate Professor in the department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.  He completed his MPH in Biostatistics from the University of Georgia (2010) and his PhD. in Biostatistics from the University of Washington (2015), before spending time as a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley (2015-17).  His research lies at the intersection of machine learning and causal inference.  


  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical Statistics Program
  • Co-Investigator, multiple NIH, CDC, and foundation funded grants 
  • Director, Data Science Initiatives, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
  • Associate Director, Emory Center for AIDS Research, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core
  • Associate Director, Emory/Georgia Tuberculosis Research Advancement Center, Clinical and Population Science Core
  • Emory Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Award in Collaborative Biostatistics, 2021


  • Statistical methodology focusing on the theory and applications of machine learning in causal inference
  • Collaborative research on preventive vaccines and HIV prevention
  • Expertise in vaccine efficacy trials, clinical trial design and analysis, observational data analysis, competing risks, early childhood growth and nutritional epidemiology, cardiovascular epidemiology, pediatric medicine, and health economics
  • Pathogens: COVID-19, HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, and influenza


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