Varghese George, PhD

Professor & DPHS Chair

PhD (Statistics), University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 1981

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Varghese George, PhD


Association and linkage disequilibrium, Bayesian methods in genetics, complex diseases, epigenetics, genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics.

Dr. Varghese George joined Augusta University in 2005 as Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology. Dr. George has extensive experience in the academic world as an administrative leader, a scientist, a mentor and an educator. He received his doctorate in Statistics from the University of Missouri at Columbia, followed by his post-doctoral fellowship in Statistical Genetics at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans under Professor Robert Elston. He continued his career as faculty in the Department of Biometry and Genetics at LSUHSC, in the Division of Biostatistics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, prior to Joining Augusta University. Most recently, his research has been focused on developing statistical and computational methods for next-generation sequencing data and epigenetic variations in complex diseases. Dr. George is also actively involved in many collaborative research projects. He is the recipient of several NIH-funded grants as Principal Investigator or Co-investigator.

Dr. George is a Fellow of the American statistical Association, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. In 2014, he was selected from Augusta University to participate in the 8-months long Executive Leadership Institute Program of the University System of Georgia.



Probability, Statistical Inference, Statistical Models and Methods, Nonparametric Statistics, Applied Regression, Statistical Genetics, Bayesian Inference, Advanced Theory of Inference.



  • Ryu D, Xu H, George V, Su S, Wang X, Shi H, Podolsky R (2013): Quantifying and Normalizing Methylation Levels in Illumina Arrays. Journal of Biometrics & Biostatistics 4:3.
  • Xu H, Podolsky R, Ryu D, Wang X, Su S, George V (2013): A method to detect differentially methylated loci with next generation sequencing. Genetic Epidemiology 37: 377-382.
  • Mukhopadhyay S, George V, Xu H (2010): Variable selection method for quantitative trait analysis based on parallel genetic algorithm. Annals of Human Genetics 74:88-96.
  • Xu H, George V (2009): Assessment of population structure and its effects on genome-wide association studies. Communications in Statistics – Theory and Methods 38:2843-2855.
  • Dodani S, Kaur R, Reddy S, Reed GL, Navab M, George V (2008): Can dysfunctional HDL explain high coronary artery disease risk in South Asians? International Journal of Cardiology 129:125-132.
  • Kerschner JE, Meurer JR, Conway AE, Fleischfresser S, Cowell MH, Seeliger E, George V(2004): Voluntary progress toward universal newborn hearing screening. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 68:165-174.
  • St-Pierre DH, George V, Rabase-Lhoret R, Poehlman ET (2004): Genetic variation in response to overfeeding and underfeeding in humans. Nutrition 20: 145-154.
  • Page GP, George V, Go RC, Page PZ, Allison DB (2003): “Are we there yet?”: Deciding when one has demonstrated specific genetic causation in complex diseases and quantitative traits.American Journal of Human Genetics 73:711-719.
  • Yi N, George V, Allison DB (2003): Stochastic Search Variable Selection for Identifying Multiple Quantitative Trait Loci. Genetics 164: 1129-1138.
  • George V, Laud P (2002): A Bayesian approach to the transmission/disequilibrium test for binary traits. Genetic Epidemiology 22:41-51.