Rebecca Doerge is dean of the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Department of Statistics and the Mellon College of Science’s Department of Biological Sciences.
Doerge's research program focuses on statistical bioinformatics, an interdisciplinary component of bioinformatics that brings together many scientific disciplines for the purpose of asking, answering, and disseminating biologically interesting information in the quest to understand the ultimate function of DNA and epigenomic associations.
Doerge is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (2007) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007), and a Fellow of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (2009). She declined the American Council on Education Fellowship in 2016 to become dean of the Mellon College of Science. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Institute of Statistical Sciences and the Mathematical Biosciences Institute; a member of the Engineering External Review Committee at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and a member of the Global Open-Source Breeding Informatics Initiative Advisory Board.
She has published two books and more than 120 scientific articles. She has mentored many students, including 24 doctoral students who have successfully defended their theses.
Doerge was born and raised in upstate New York. As a first generation student, she studied theoretical mathematics at the University of Utah. It was there that she gained interest and experience in both computing and human genetics. Doerge obtained her Ph.D. in statistics from North Carolina State University under the direction of Bruce Weir. She was a postdoctoral fellow with Gary Churchill at Cornell University, studying biometry and plant breeding.
Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University, Doerge was the Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Purdue University. She joined Purdue University in 1995 and held a joint appointment between the Colleges of Agriculture (Department of Agronomy) and Science (Department of Statistics). She was the recipient of Purdue’s Teaching for Tomorrow Award (1996), University Scholar Award (2001-06), and Provost's Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor (2010).