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Mark J. ​van der Laan, PhD

Professor, Biostatistics and Statistics
  • Endowed Chair, Jiann-Piang Hsu and Karl E. Peace in Biostatistics

Mark Johannes van der Laan is the Jiann-Ping Hsu E. Peace Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics.
Phone: (510) 643-9866
Address: 2121 Berkeley Way #5311
Berkeley, CA 94720


Mark Johannes van der Laan is the Jiann-Ping Hsu/Karl E. Peace Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has made contributions to survival analysis, semiparametric statistics, multiple testing, and causal inference. He also developed the targeted maximum likelihood methodology. He is a founding editor of the Journal of Causal Inference.

He received his Ph.D. from Utrecht University in 1993 with a dissertation titled “Efficient and Inefficient Estimation in Semiparametric Models”. He received the COPSS Presidents’ Award in 2005, the Mortimer Spiegelman Award in 2004, and the van Dantzig Award in 2005.

Research Interests

  • Causal inference in longitudinal studies
  • Optimal methods for high dimensional censored data
  • Computational biology
  • Data adaptive learning


  • PhD – Statistics
    University of Utrecht, 1993
  • MS – Statistics
    University of Utrecht, 1990


Courses Taught

    • PH C240B
    • Biostatistical Methods: Survival Analysis and Causality
    • PH 243A
    • Multivariate Statistical Methods in Genomics
    • PH 243D
    • Adaptive Designs
    • PH C246A
    • Censored Longitudinal Data and Causality
    • PH 296
    • Causal Inference Seminar