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Robert McDougal, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics; Co-Training Director, Health Informatics MS



Robert A. McDougal, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Health Informatics Division of the Department of Biostatistics. He is affiliated with the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics graduate program, the Yale Center for Medical Informatics, and the Center for Biomedical Data Science. His research focuses on developing methods for aggregating, computationally representing, analyzing, and modeling experimental data, with emphasis on understanding brain function and dysfunction.

Dr. McDougal is currently a PI on an NIH grant seeking to build efficient methods for simulating the interaction of intracellular and network dynamics in the brain. Recent collaborations include a project to detect trends in the use of animal models and interventions in the Alzheimer's literature, and a project to use computational modeling to interpret magnetoencephalography (MEG) data. As member of the NeuroML Scientific Board, he supports the development of future standards for sharing computational neuroscience models.

Dr. McDougal earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from The Ohio State University in 2011. He did postdoctoral training at Yale in computer science, neurobiology, and medical informatics; during the later, he earned an MS in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from Yale. From 2016 until joining the Department of Biostatistics in 2019, he was an Associate Research Scientist at Yale University in the Department of Neuroscience.

Education & Training

  • MS
    Yale University, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (2015)
  • PhD
    Ohio State University (2011)
  • MS
    Ohio State University (2006)
  • BS
    University of Maryland Baltimore County, Mathematics

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