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Alan ​Hubbard, PhD

Chair, Biostatistics Division
  • Professor, Biostatistics

Alan Hubbard, Professor of Biostatistics at UC Berkeley and Head of the Division of Biostatistics, works on an estimation of complex causal parameters and prediction algorithms using machine learning, with an emphasis on applications in epidemiology, environmental exposure and biomedicine.
Phone: (510) 643-6160
Available for advising
Address: 2121 Berkeley Way #5319
Berkeley, CA 94720


My research focuses on the application of statistics to population studies with particular expertise in semi-parametric models and the use of machine learning in causal inference, as well as applications in high dimensional biology. Applied work ranges from the molecular biology of aging, wildlife biology, social epidemiology, infectious disease and acute trauma. I am particularly interested in harnessing machine-learning algorithms and advances in semiparametric causal inference towards machines for optimizing the estimation of parameters related to causal inference/variable importance, with particular emphasis on discovering and estimating the impact of treatment rules. In addition, currently exploring the application of data-adaptive target parameter approaches to formalize asymptotics for exploratory data analysis, to allow for a lack of a priori specified hypotheses while still providing an estimation of meaningful parameters and estimators with predictable sampling distributions.

Research Interests

  • Targeted Learning
  • Causal Inference
  • Machine Learning
  • Statistical Issues in Epidemiology
  • Precision Medicine and Public Health


  • PhD – Biostatistics
    University of California, Berkeley, 1998
  • MS – Geology & Paleontology
    Virginia Polytechnic University, 1990
  • BA – Geology
    University of California, Santa Barbara, 1985


Courses Taught

    • PH240A
    • Theoretical Biostatistics
    • PH 242C
    • Longitudinal Data Analysis
    • BBD Seminar and Capstone
    • PH241
    • Statistics of Epidemiology