Dr. Lan Gao


Associate Professor of Statistics

Department of Mathematics
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Biostatistician of UT College of Medicine at Chattanooga

Office:   Lupton Hall 330
Phone:  423-425-4554
Fax:       423-425-4586
E-Mail:   Cuilan-Gao@utc.edu


Research Interests

  • new NSF grant on data science now  is recruiting undergraduate students in MATH majors with $5000 scholaorship per year per person. Contact Dr. Gao for details.
  • Analysis of medical data ( funding available for graduate research assistant )
  • Statistical and computational methods for the analysis of genetics/genomics data
  • High dimensional biology and statistical computing
  • Image and big data analysis

Professional Development & Membership


I teach statistics and mathematics courses at all levels for undergraduates and graduates including

  • Computational Statistics (new course for Ph.D and master students)
  • Applied Statistical Methods
  • Computational Statistics and Programming
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics (online and face to face)
  • Generalized Linear Models
  • Statistical Machine Learning
  • Calculus I (Hybrid and face to face)
  • Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
  • Introductory Statistics (online and face to face)


  • PI of Bimedical Research Initiation Collaborative Grant, "Assocaition of hyperchloremia and in-hospital mortality among critical ill adults patients", Jan 2020- June 2021. 
  • Co-PI of NSF grant (#1924278) "HDR DSC: Collaborative Research: Transforming Data Science Education through a Portable and Sustainable Anthropocentric Data Analytics for Community Enrichment Program", 2019-2022.
  • PI of 2017 University of Tennessee System CORNET Award (Collaborative Research Network) in cancer, 6/2017-6/2018
  • Co-PI of MAA Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant (PI: Andrew Ledoan)
  • 2017 Dean's Award: Promising Young Researcher Award
  • Co-PI, NSF I-MATH grant (PI: Jin Wang, NSF1520672 ), an Interdisciplinary MATH Training Platform (09/01/2015-08/31/2019).
  • 2016 Univeristy of Tennessee Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award
  • 2016 UTC Research and Creative Activity Grant
  • 2015 Ruth Holmberg for Faculty of Excellence Award
  • UTC Faculty Research and Development Grant (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)