Yoav Benjamini

Yoav Benjamini - Vita

Department of Statistics and Operations Research

School of Mathematical Sciences, Tel Aviv University

Date and place of birth: 5.1.1949  Israel

 

 

Education

1973 B.Sc.      Mathematics and Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

1976 M.Sc.      Mathematics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

1981 Ph.D.      Statistics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. USA

 

 

Academic and professional experiences

1973-1976       Teaching and Research Assistant, Departments of Mathematics

and department of Atmospheric Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1976-1980       Research Assistant, Center of Environmental Studies and Department of Statistics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ,

1980-1981       Research Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics and Analysis Center, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA,

1981-2000       Post Doctoral Fellow, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Associate Professor, Department of Statistics and Operations Research, School of Mathematical Sciences, Tel Aviv University

1985-1987       Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA,

1993                Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

2000-present   Professor, Department of Statistics and Operations Research, School of Mathematical Sciences, Tel Aviv University

2006-2011   Head of The Statistical Consulting Unit, Department of Statistics and Operations Research, Tel Aviv University

2009-present   The Nathan and Lily Silver Professor of Applied Statistics

2009-present   Member of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics.

2010-present   Member of the Sagol School of Neuroscience.

2011                Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley.

2012                Visiting Professor, Stanford University

2012                Recepient of the Israel Prize for Research in Statistics and Economics

2015-present   Elected member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities

 

 

Other Selected Activities

 

1995-2002       Member of the organizing committees of the International Conferences on Multiple Comparisons, Tel Aviv (1996), Berlin (2000), Washington D.C. (2002), Shanghai (2005), Vienna (2008), Bethesda (2012).

1996-1998       Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the Journal of Statistical planning and Inference on Multiple Comparisons.
Member of the organizing committee of the Eastern-Mediterranean Section of the International Biometrics Society.

2001-2003       Vice president of the Israeli Statistical Association

2003-2006       Head, Department of Statistics and O.R. Tel Aviv University

2004                Organizer of a workshop on Microarray Analysis for the Israeli Statistical Association.

2005-               Member of The Scientific Advisory Committee to the Measurement and Evaluation in Education Authority.

2007-               Member of the Steering Committee of Rain Enhancement Activities of the Water Authority.

2007-2009       President of the Israeli Statistical Association

2007-2010       Member of National Council for Statistics, and member of its Central Committee

2007-2011       Head of the Statistical Consulting Laboratory, Tel Aviv University.

2011               Organizer of a workshop on Visualization for the Israeli Statistical Association.

2011-2015       Member of the program committee of the EMR-IBS in Tel Aviv, and in Kapadocia

2012               Medallion lecture, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, San Diego

 

 

Invited Talks at Conferences since 2000

 

Banbury Center, Cold Spring Harbor  (2000); Gordon Conference (on Statistics in Chemical Engineering (2001); American NSF regional meeting (2001); Israel Computational Biology Conference (2001). Measuring Behaviour , Leiden (2002); German Chapter of the International Biometric Society  (2002); International  conference on Ranking and Selection, Multiple Comparisons Reliability and their applications, Chennai (2002).  INSERM workshop on Statistical Analysis of Microarrays, Toloun (2003);  7th Purdue Symposium on Statistics (2003); ESF exploratory workshop on  microarray data analysis Madrid (2003); “Very large problems in statistics” Amsterdam (2003); Symposium on “Replicability in Behavior Genetics,” New Orleans (2003). A short course on multiple comparisons, Les Diablerets, Switzerland (2004); Institute of Mathematical Statistics Meeting Barcelona (2004); Joint meeting of Australian Statistical Society and International Biometric Society (2004); Japan Statistical Meeting (2004). Israel Statistical Association Annual Meeting, Tel Aviv (2005); Herman Callaert Leadership Award, Belgium (2006); “Assessing Safety” EMR of the International Biometric Society, Eilat (2007); Israel Statistical Association (2007); INSERM workshop, Toloun (2007); A short course on multiple comparisons, Nicosia (2007); Workshop on genomics, Cambridge (2008); Biometrics Session, Joint Statistical Meeting, Denver (2008); Keynote speaker, The 6th international conference on multiple comparisons, Tokyo (2009); The 175th meeting of the Royal Statistical Society, Retrospectively Read Paper, Edinburgh (2009). Temple Biostatistics Day, Philadelphia (2009); European Meeting of Statisticians, Piraeus (2010); European Epidemiology Society, Firenze (2010); Joint Statistical Meeting, Miami Beach (2011). ); Medallion lecture, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, San Diego (2012); Korean Statistical Association keynote speaker, Seoul (2012); Statistical Symposium, Calcuta (2012); Public Talk, The 8th international conference on multiple comparisons, Southampton UK (2013). Tutorial on False Discovery Rate, Differential Privacy Conference, Simons Center, UC Berkeley (2013); The replicability problem in Science: it's not the p-values' fault, Joint Statistical Meeting, Boston (2014); Replicability across laboratories in mouse phenotyping, Measuring Behaviour, Wageningen (2014), In Hochberg's Tradition: False Discovery Rate in Clinical Trials, IMPACT III conference, Carey, NC (2014). 'Selective inference in high dimensional data analysis', AIMS on High dimensional data analysis' Stanford (2015). Tukey's two cornerstones of replicability' MCP2015, Hyderabad and Tukey's 100th Birthday, Princeton (2015). The Replicability Crisis In Science: it's not the p-values' fault. Sanger,UK (2016), Victoria(2016) IBC - Statistical assessment of the replicability of scientific results(2016), Chicago (2016)- Joint Statistical Meetings

 

Grants

Previous Grants

 

1999-2003       Co-Investigator, NIH grant with Ilan Golani (Zoology, TAU) and Greg Elmer (U. of Maryland) (Developing High Throughput Tools for Measuring Behavior)

2000-2004       Principal Investigator on BSF grant with Abramovich, Donoho and Johnstone (False Discovery Rate approach in model selection)

2000-2003       Principal Investigator on FIRST grant from Israeli Science Foundation with Keren Avraham (Human Genetics, TAU) (Genetic mapping and the False Discovery Rate).

2000-2004       Co-Investigator on NIH grant with Elmer G (Univ of Maryland) and Lee, N.   (The Genomics Research Institute) on Microarray analysis of morphine’s behavioral effects

2005-2007       Co-Principal Investigator on NIH grant with Cnaani D (Biochemistry, TAU)

2005-2008       Co-Principal Investigator, Israel Science Foundation grant with Ilan Golani (Zoology, TAU) on:  Dynamics of free exploration behavior by wild and lab mice.

2006-2008       Co-Investigator on GIF grant with Cnaani D and others (Biochemistry, TAU)

2006-2009       Co-Principal Investigator on Complexity Grant with Golani and Yeshurun (Zoology and Computer Science)

2008-2012       Co-Principal Investigator, Israel Science Foundation grant, with Ilan Golani (Zoology, TAU). “Behavior of Drosophila under Alcohol and Drugs”

2009-2010       Co-Principal Investigator, Israel Water Authority grant, with David Steinberg (Statistics, TAU). “Design and analysis of Israel Rain Enhancement Experiment”.

2010-2013       Co-investigator with Principal Investigator Talma Hendler (Psychiatry) and Nathan Intrator (Computer Sciences) US Department of Defense "Neuro-genomi prospective investigation of the vulnerability to stress".

 

 

On-going Grants

 

2013-2016       Sub-contract investigator NIH grant awarded to Chiara Sabbati (Biostatistics), Stanford University. "New Statistical Methods for high resolution mapping of multiple phenotypes". Developing methods to address the multiple domains and multiple phenotypes in genomwise association studies with applications to eQTL analysis.

2012-2017      Principal Investigator, European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant. "Simple and Practical Statistical Approaches for Replicability Problems in Life Sciences" (50% time).

2013-2016       Co-principal investigator with Mira Marcus-Kalish European Research Council flagship "Human Brain Project, Medical Informatics Pillar”. The role of Medical Informatics Pillar in the HBP is to build the infrastructure to create a big database of medical information from hospitals, making it available to the general community of researchers. More specifically our goal is to build new big data mining tools and to demonstrate their utility.

2013-2016       Principal Investigator Israel Water Authority grant with David Steinberg "Analysing the effect of cloud seeding on rainfall in Israel IV Experiment" An involvement in the design of this large experiment and its analysis when done.

2016-2019       "Nanoporous silicium for molecular fingerpirting in neurodegenerative disorders", European innovative research & Technological Development Projects in Nandomedicine with with Mira Marcus-Kalish and Dany yekutieli. ERA-NET EuroNanoMed-2 2014.


A List of Peer-reviewed Publications is available in my "Papers" page