Cuilan (Lani) Gao

Associate Professor of Statistics
Department of Mathematics
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Biostatistician for UT College of Medicine

Office:   EMCS 418F
Phone:  423-425-4554
Fax:       423-425-4586


 Research Interests

  • statistical and computational methods for the analysis of genetics/genomics data
  • high dimensional biology and statistical computing
  • experimental design on clinical trials

 Professional Development & Mememship


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

  • Computational Statistics
  • 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


  • 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)