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Stephanie Santorico PhD

Professor, Associate Dean for Research & Creative Activities (CU Denver)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Department of Biostatistics & Informatics
  • Mathematics (CLAS)


Primary Phone:303-315-1714

Mailing Address:
  • CU Denver

Student Commons Building

1201 Larimer Street

Denver, CO 80204

Stephanie Santorico, PhD, is the associate dean for research and creative activities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at CU Denver with appointments in the Colorado School of Public Health's Department of Biostatistics & Informatics, the Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program, and the Division of Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine. Dr. Santorico’s research, which has been funded through multiple NIH awards, is highly interdisciplinary, bridging the areas of statistics and genetics. This has included methods and techniques for detecting genetic variation that associates with human disease, and more recently, translational research working towards disease subtypes that could inform medical treatment. She is heavily involved in understanding the genetic factors that contribute to vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that causes progressive skin bleaching. She was a central contributor to the NIH-funded FaceBase program, which is working to understand the genetic factors that cause variation in facial features for children with a breadth of genetic disorders. Furthermore, her work with the Denver Police Department’s world-class crime lab, and her collaborations with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and other public-facing science initiatives wholly embody CU’s engagement with the broader community.

Areas of Expertise

  • Methods and designs in statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology including:
    • high-dimensional data,
    • hultivariate statistical inference,
    • genetic risk prediction and disease sub-typing,
    • family-Based association tests, and
    • meta-Analysis

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Statistics, North Carolina State University, 1999



  • CU Denver, Award in Faculty Mentoring, 2019
  • CU Denver, Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture, 2019; Fellow of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society, 2019
  • CU Denver, Graduate School, Dean’s Doctoral Student Mentoring Award, 2018
  • CU Denver, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Excellence Award in Research and Creative Activities

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