Robyn Ball, Ph.D.

Computational Scientist

Dr. Ball develops novel and reproducible statistical resources, facilitating robust scientific discoveries in genetics and genomics.

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At The Jackson Laboratory, I develop novel statistical methods and robust genomic resources to facilitate scientific discoveries in genetics and genomics, with a specific focus on identifying patterns in multi-modal data and cross-species analysis.

While a doctoral student in Statistics at Texas A&M University, I was awarded a NASA Fellowship where I developed a statistical model to predict ‘heart age’ using the electrocardiogram, for which I received NASA Inventions and Contributions Tech Brief Award for my outstanding contribution to science. During this same time, I completed two internships at MD Anderson Cancer Center where I applied machine learning techniques to cancer genomics.

Prior to re-joining The Jackson Laboratory in 2019, I was a Senior Statistician at Stanford University where I served as the statistical lead in medical research initiatives and mentored students and junior faculty in clinical research.

In her free time, Dr. Ball mentored computer science students in Stanford’s AI for Healthcare Bootcamp and worked with the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) to produce the 2019 and 2020 RSNA Kaggle competitions. Dr. Ball also serves on the Executive Committee of the American Statistical Association Statistical Consulting Section.

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Education and experience


Texas A&M University
Ph.D., Statistics
Adv: Drs. Alan Dabney, Raymond Carroll, Alan Feiveson, and Susan Geller

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
M.S., Mathematics
Adv: Drs. Philippe Tissot, Beate Zimmer, and Blair Sterba-Boatwright

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
B.S., Mathematics


The Jackson Laboratory
Computational Scientist

Roam Analytics
Senior Clinical Data Scientist

Stanford University
Senior Statistician

The Jackson Laboratory
Bioinformatics Analyst

NASA Johnson Space Center
Graduate Fellow Research Statistician

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Graduate Intern Research Statistician

Texas A&M University
Graduate Research Assistant

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Graduate Research Assistant