Lan Liu


Lan Liu
Assistant Professor
School of Statistics
University of Minnesota at Twin Cites


  • Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA, Aug 2015

    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Causal Inference Program Biostatistics & Epidemiology

      • Topic: Causal Inference with Instrumental Variable

      • Advisor: Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen, PhD

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, Jul 2013

    • Ph.D., Biostatistics

      • Dissertation Topic: Causal Inference in the Presence of Interference

      • Advisor: Michael G. Hudgens, PhD

  • University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China, Jul 2010

    • B.S., Mathematics

Research Interests

  • Causal inference, missing data analysis, clinical trials, doubly robust inference, Bayesian analysis, surrogate outcomes, measurement error, mediation analysis, social network, personalized medicine, unmeasured confounder, statistical consulting.

Honors & Awards

  • ICSA Student Paper Award, 2013

    • International Chinese Statistics Association

  • ORISE Fellowship, 2012 Summer

    • Food and Drug Administration

  • Outstanding Students Scholarship

    • University of Science and Technology of China, 2006-2009

Selected Publication

  • L. Liu, M. G. Hudgens, “Large Sample Randomization Inference of Causal Effects in the Presence of Interference”, (2014) Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA) Theory and Methods Section, 109(505):288-301.

  • Y. Yin, L. Liu, Z. Geng, P. Luo “Optimal Criteria to Exclude the Surrogate Paradox and Sensitivity Analysis”, in press at Scandinavian Journal of Statistics.

  • W. Li, Y. Gu, L. Liu, E. Tchetgen Tchetgen “Demystifying the Multiple Robustness”, in press at Statistica Sinica.

  • W. Miao, L. Liu “Hypothesis Testing with Imperfect Instrumental Variables”.

Course taught

  • Introduction to Statistical Learning, Spring 2017–2019

  • Applied Statistics I, Fall 2016

  • Statistical Analysis, Spring 2016


Introduction to Causal Inference




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