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A message from Chancellor Dorothy Horrell

Professor Stephanie Santorico selected for CU Denver's first Distinguished Faculty Lecture

February 4, 2019

Dear Colleagues:

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Professor Stephanie Santorico, PhD, from our Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been selected to deliver the inaugural Distinguished Faculty Lecture at CU Denver.

Dr. Santorico rose to the top of an internal competition from a talented pool of candidates with superb qualifications. Please join me in congratulating her. She will present her lecture, “Cheek to Cheek: Genetic Discoveries and You” at 5:30 p.m., on April 17, in Student Commons 2600.

At that time, the three finalists also will be recognized. They are:

  • Professor Jim Grigsby, PhD, (Psychology, CLAS)
  • Professor Diana Tomback, PhD, (Integrative Biology, CLAS)
  • Professor Ron Tzur, PhD, (Mathematics Education, SEHD)

The Distinguished Faculty Lecture has been created to complement our highly successful Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture, which features external scholars of professional prominence. That lecture series started in 2014, made possible by a generous donation from Robert Damrauer, PhD, associate vice chancellor for research, and his wife, Lennie Damrauer, PhD, in honor of their parents, Martha and Karl Kohn and Rose and Clarence “Butch” Damrauer.

Expanding the lecture series to include our own faculty is a fitting way for us to further engage with the community and highlight the exceptional research and creative activities taking place at CU Denver.

Again, I encourage you to attend Dr. Santorico’s lecture this spring. See below for more on her impressive accomplishments.

Dorothy Horrell

About our lecturer

Stephanie Santorico, PhD
Professor, Department of Math and Statistical Sciences

Stephanie Santorico, PhD
Stephanie Santorico, PhD, will give CU Denver’s first Distinguished Faculty Lecture.

Google Scholar Profile

Hometown: Stillwater, Okla.

Years at CU Denver: 11

Area of research:

Using statistics to understand how our genetics affect human health and disease.

Santorico uses a combination of statistics, probability, mathematics and computing skills to support biomedical research that improves health and our understanding of disease.

She particularly enjoys working directly with scientists to develop mathematical equations that improve their research methods. Santorico’s work seeks to better understand how the makeup of genes causes disease, in focus areas including diabetes, obesity, hypertension and vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that kills the pigment in skin.

Santorico also supports the Denver Crime Lab, developing new methods to catch criminals by using partial DNA matches of their relatives.

Advice to aspiring student researchers:

Find an area that you are passionate about, make a plan and develop a network of mentors. Then move stubbornly toward turning your passion into long-term growth and knowledge with lasting effects on your chosen field.