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About Laura B. Balzer

Dr. Laura B. Balzer is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her expertise is in causal inference, machine learning, and messy real-world data. Dr. Balzer’s work addresses challenges in the design and analysis of both randomized trials and observational studies, including novel approaches for semi-parametric inference, differential measurement, and complex dependence. Dr. Balzer’s work has largely been motivated by ongoing collaborations in Uganda and Kenya. She is the Primary Statistician for several studies aiming to eliminate HIV and improve community health in rural East Africa (e.g., Overall, Dr. Balzer’s work is informed by cross-disciplinary, real-world problems and aims to ensure methodological advances in academia translate into real-world impact.


Present Associate Professor of Biostatistics, University of California - Berkeley
2015 - 2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow in Biostatistics, Harvard University
2010 - 2015 PhD in Biostatistics, University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Chin Long Chiang Biostatistics Student of the Year
  • Causality in Statistics Education Award
  • Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship
  • Berkeley Fellow (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Director's Award (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Summa Cum Laude (University of Vermont)
  • Honors College Scholar (University of Vermont)
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Award

Contact Information

Division of Biostatistics
School of Public Health
University of California Berkeley


Methodological Articles; Please see Google Scholar for a full list (13)

Technical Reports (2)

Contributions to Books (1)

Presentations (7)

Software - For updates, please see GITHUB: (5)