Algebraic Statistics and Computional Biology

Caroline Uhler

Caroline Uhler's main research is in mathematical statistics and its applications to computational biology. She is particularly interested in the area of algebraic statistics, which exploits the use of algebraic techniques to develop new paradigms and algorithms for data analysis. In her research, she uses methods from algebraic geometry, computational algebra and combinatorics to study statistical theory problems, such as parameter estimation and identification in graphical models. Besides her theoretical interests, she also works on developing mathematical and statistical tools for applications to computational biology.

Caroline Uhler
Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)
Am Campus 1
A – 3400 Klosterneuburg

Tel.: +43 (0)2243 9000-4901

CV and publication list

Astrid Bonventre-Darthe
Phone: +43 (0)2243 9000-1015


  • Lenka Matejovicova, PhD Student
  • Liam Solus, Postdoc

Current Projects

  • Causal inference
  • Gaussian graphical models
  • Model selection in random graph models
  • Chromosome packing in cell nuclei
  • Privacy preserving data sharing for genomic data

Selected Publication

  • Uhler C., Raskutti G., Bühlmann P. and Yu B. (2013) Geometry of faithfulness assumption in causal inference. Annals of Statistics 41(2), 436-463.
  • Uhler C., Wright S. J. (2013) Packing ellipsoids with overlap. SIAM Review 55(4), 671-706.
  • Uhler C. (2012) Geometry of maximum likelihood estimation in Gaussian graphical models. Annals of Statistics 40(1), 238–261.


Since 2011 Assistant Professor, IST Austria
2013 Research Fellow, Simons Institute, UC Berkeley
2012 Postdoc, Seminar of Statistics, ETH Zurich
2011 Postdoc, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, U of Minnesota
2011 PhD, University of California at Berkeley

Selected Distinctions

2015 FWF START Award
2014 Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI)
2013 Research Fellowship, Simons Institute at UC Berkeley
2010-2011 Janggen-Poehn Fellowship
2007-2010 International Fulbright Science and Technology Award
2006 Best Student Award, University of Zurich

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