Gabriela V. Cohen Freue

Associate Professor

Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Statistical Proteomics

My research work is interdisciplinary; merging components from mathematical statistics, genomics and medical sciences. In particular, I am interested in developing new statistical methods feasible for the analysis of high-dimensional datasets and robust to outliers usually encountered in genomics and proteomics studies. I am currently working on extensions of classical estimation approaches to address problems related to data science and the analysis of big data, e.g, sparsity, measurement errors, confounding factors, collinearity. I have published both methodological and applied work related with these areas of study. I collaborate in different interdisciplinary research projects, including proteomics in multiple sclerosis, proteomics in cardiovascular diseases, and –omics in asthmatic patients, among others.

USRA summer or fall

Application closed

But we may open new position for undergraduate students in the summer for this project (conditioning to funding). Stay tuned!! Research position to work on an interdisciplinary project, joint with Dr. Scott Tebbutt: Systems biology to identify biomarkers of vaccine immune responses in newborns. More information about this project can... [Read More]

Data Science Institute (DSI) grant

Postdoctoral position

Postdoctoral position available to work on an interdisciplinary project, joint with Dr. Tom Blydt-Hansen: Personalized risk assessment in pediatric kidney transplantation using mteabolomics data. More information about this project can be found here. The position is partially funded by the DSI Postdoctoral Fellow Matching Funds Programs from UBC We are... [Read More]

CRT award

Available positions

Our proposal, Improving robust high-dimensional causal inference and prediction modelling was awarded with a CANSSI Collaborative Research Team Project (CRT)!! We have some positions open for Master and PhD students. Contact me if you are interested.

Congratulations Dr. Kepplinger!!

My (former) student David Kepplinger defended his PhD. thesis in July 2020. David is currently appointed as an Assistant Professor at George Mason University, US. Congratulations!! and thank you for your amazing contributions you made to my group and to the Stat Dpt!


Penalized Elastic Net S- and MM- estimators

Joint work with Dr. Matias Salibian-Barrera, and David Kepplinger and Ezequiel Smucler from my team. With accompanying R-package available in CRAN (see Software tab). Link to the manuscript available under Publications. PENSE and PENSEM can be used to identify a useful subset of explanatory variables while protecting the resulting estimator... [Read More]

Contact Information

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Special thanks go to my student Kevin Multani (website editor), Nikki Snider (photo editor), and Silvia Moreno (photographer) for their help building this website, and to Dean Attali for creating Beautiful Jekyll.