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Debmalya Nandy

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422 Joab L. Thomas Building
(Mail: 325 Thomas)
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-8634


  1. Doctoral Candidate (Statistics), Penn State University, University Park Campus (August 2013 - December 2018 (expected))
  2. MS Candidate (Bioinformatics and Genomics), Penn State University, University Park Campus (August 2015 - December 2018 (expected))
  3. Master of Statistics (M. Stat.), Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India (May 2013)
  4. B. Sc. (Honours) in Statistics, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (affiliated under University of Calcutta), Kolkata, India (July 2011)
  5. [Minor: Mathematics and Computer Science]



I am a Doctoral Candidate (All-But-Dissertation) in Statistics, and an MS Candidate in Bioinformatics & Genomics. I hail from Kolkata, one of the cosmopolitan, mega cities in India.

Apart from Statistics and Bioinformatics & Genomics, I am profoundly and sincerely engaged in playing with the infinite realms of the subtle energies that is present within all the living organisms. For example, I am passionately involved in Yoga, one of the prolific ancient wisdom offered to the entire world by the wondrous country India. I am a daily practitioner, and a Certified Yoga Teacher graduated from the Lila Yoga Institute (Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School) at State College, PA. My teaching schedule can be found here. I am also a Certified Reiki and Crystal-Reiki Master / Teacher and a Qigong practitioner. Furthermore, I am currently undergoing hands-on training in Vedic Traditional Thai Massage / Bodywork from Vedic Conservatory.  

Besides, I enjoy hiking, trekking, backpacking, water-rafting, caving, and any sort of adventurous outdoor activities, biking, digital photography, origami, playing games and sports, e.g., badminton, racquetball, table-tennis, etc. I also love interacting and meeting with people, learning new languages (now working on Spanish and Italian) and volunteer for leadership roles in different activities, both curricular and extra-curricular.

Selected Publications

  1. Covariate Information Matrix for Sufficient Dimension Reduction, Weixin Yao, Debmalya Nandy (jointly first author), Bruce G. Lindsay and Francesca Chiaromonte (revision submitted).
  2. Finding needles in a haystack? Covariate Information for Feature Screening in Ultrahigh Dimension, Debmalya Nandy, Francesca Chiaromonte and Runze Li (in preparation).
  3. Alternative Method for Vaccine Efficacy Curve, Debmalya Nandy and Andrew J. Dunning, Sanofi Pasteur Clinical Biostatistics Technical Report (Aug 2015)

Research Interests

I am working on an NSF-funded collaborative project on 'Information Matrix Analysis for Non-parametric Multivariate Problems' (proposed by Bruce Lindsay) as an RA to Francesca Chiaromonte, the current PI, in collaboration with Weixin Yao of UC Riverside. Our focus is sufficient dimension reduction of covariate space in a regression problem.

Currently, using the notion of the covariate information, I am also developing a novel feature screening strategy in ultrahigh dimensional data, largely prevalent now-a-days in many scientific fields, such as Genomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics, and Metabolomics, to name a few. 

Collaborative Research:

1. Statistical analysis of regional variation of de novo mutations across human genome [Makova Lab @ Penn State]

2. Studying the effects of metabolites on childhood obesity within the INSIGHT study in Paul, I. M. et al., BMC Pediatrics, 2014, 14:184 [Makova and Patterson Labs @ Penn State]

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