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David W. Gjertson

Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics & Pathology


DepartmentsType of Faculty
BiostatisticsJoint Appointment
Contact Information
310.206.0255 & 310.825.7651

Room AV-611 CHS & Tissue Typing Lab @ 950 Veteran Ave.

Department of Biostatistics

UCLA School of Public Health

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772

Areas of Interest: 

Since joining the faculties of each of the Departments of Biostatistics and Surgery in 1990, my research has focused on statistical issues related to two main topics - organ transplantation and DNA identification. In the transplantation arena, I have assisted in the investigation of novel organ allocation schemes which promise equitable allocation of scarce compatible kidneys even for small pools and for minority patients. My research has also centered on elucidating (via standard and Bayesian methodologies) the factors most strongly influencing long-term graft survival and predicting chronic organ failure. With regard to DNA identification, I have been able to follow-up my thesis research (concerning proper statistical interpretation of evidence) through collaboration with Long Beach Genetics, Inc., a genetic testing laboratory. Generally, my work involves deriving likelihoods of pedigrees based on DNA profiles with special problematic circumstances like mutation, population substructure or relatives as possible suspects.

PhD Biostatistics (1989) from UCLA, Los Angeles
MS Biostatistics (1984) from UCLA, Los Angeles
BA Chemistry (1976) UCLA, Los Angeles
Selected Courses: 
Biostat 100A Fall 2004 Introduction to Biostatistics
Biostat 240 Spring 2000-02 MS Student Seminar
Biostat 402A Winter 2001-05 Principles of Biostatistical Consulting
Biostat 402B Fall 2001-03 & Spring 2003-05 Biostatistical Consulting
Biostat 409 Fall, Winter & Spring 2000-05 Doctoral Consulting Seminar