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Debmalya  Nandy

Debmalya Nandy

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  1. Doctoral Candidate (Statistics), Penn State University, University Park Campus (August 2013 - June 2019 (expected))
  2. MS Candidate (Bioinformatics and Genomics), Penn State University, University Park Campus (August 2015 - June 2019 (expected))
  3. Master of Statistics (M. Stat.), Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India (May 2013)
  4. B. Sc. (Statistics, Honours), Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (affiliated with 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 (previously called "Calcutta"), India. I earned my B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Statistics from the Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, Narendrapur, Kolkata (affiliated with University of Calcutta) in 2011 and received my Master of Statistics (M. Stat.) degree in 2013 from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. 

I am a Yoga Teacher and regular practitioner, Reiki and Crystal-Reiki Master/Teacher, Vedic Traditional Thai Yoga Bodywork/Massage Teacher Trainee, Qigong practitioner, Latin dancer, photographer, bookworm, painter, writer, outdoor adventurer and nature explorer. 

Selected Publications

(* indicates co-first authorship)

  • Nandy*, D., Yao*, W., Lindsay, B. G., Chiaromonte, F. (2018) Covariate Information

Matrix for Sufficient Dimension Reduction, JASA (link)

  • Nandy, D. and Dunning, A. J. (2015) Alternative Method for Vaccine Efficacy Curve,

Sanofi Pasteur Clinical Biostatistics Technical Report

Submitted and in preparation

  • Nandy, D., Chiaromonte, F., and Li, R. (Submitted) Covariate Information Number

for Feature Screening in Ultrahigh-Dimensional Supervised Problems

  • Nandy, D. and Chiaromonte, F. (In preparation) A Graphical Method for Selecting

Active Set Threshold in Feature Screening

  • Nandy*, D., Craig*, S. J. C., Cai, J., Tian, Y., Birch, L., Paul, I. M., Reimherr, M., Patterson,

A. D., Chiaromonte, F., and Makova, K. D. (In preparation) A 1H-NMR Metabolomics
Perspective on Childhood Obesity within the INSIGHT Study

Research Interests

My current research involves developing a feature screening method for ultrahigh-dimensional supervised problems such as those in “-omics” sciences. Other areas of interest in statistics include
sufficient dimension reduction; analyzing and modeling high- and ultrahigh-dimensional data; applying machine learning, data mining, and artificial intelligence algorithms to complex big data;
statistical computing; and data visualization. My recent collaborative research topic includes statistical
analysis of 1H-NMR metabolomics data related to childhood obesity.

Honors and Awards

  • First Place Winner in poster presentation within the "Computational Biology & Statistics" track at the Life Science Symposium 2018, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Penn State University, University Park (05/2018)
  • Jack and Eleanor Pettit Scholarship in Science (2016-2017), Eberly College of Science, Penn State University (09/2016)
  • Best Poster Award at the 2015 Rao Prize Conference, Department of Statistics, Penn State University (05/2015)
  • Award for Distinguished Performance on the PhD Qualifier Exam, Department of Statistics, Penn State University (01/2015)
  • Swami Lokeswarananda Award 2011 -- the most prestigious award of Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (Autonomous) at the Bachelors Degree level, for the best all-round performance among the undergraduate students during the session 2008 - 2011 (03/2011)

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