Yildiz Yilmaz

PhD (Waterloo)
Assistant Professor of Statistics
Joint appointment with the Discipline of Genetics
Cross-appointment with the Discipline of Medicine

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Room HH-3057
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7, Canada
(709) 864-8069



Research Interests

Survival analysis, Event history analysis, Incomplete data analysis, Multivariate analysis, Statistical genetics


Professional Experience

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Dr. Yilmaz’s research interests are in the areas of statistical theory and methodology, and in statistical methods in biostatistics and statistical genetics. In particular, her work focuses on survival analysis, event history analysis, multivariate modeling and analysis, incomplete data analysis and response-selective sampling. Her work has been motivated by important problems in biomedicine and genetics.

She currently has the following research programs within the field of statistics, genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics: 1) development and application of novel methods to model time-to-event phenotypes in genome-wide studies, 2) development and application of genetic association methods based on joint models of multiple phenotypes, and 3) evaluation of designs and statistical methods under response-dependent sampling, and 4) development of methods to model multivariate survival times.

Group Members

Former Post-doctoral, Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Current Financial Support


Konigorski S, Yilmaz YE and Pischon T (2016). Genetic association analysis based on a joint model of gene expression and blood pressure. BMC Proceedings (to appear).

Konigorski S*, Yilmaz YE* and Bull SB (2014). Bivariate genetic association analysis of systolic and diastolic blood pressure by copula models. BMC Proceedings, S72. (*First Author)

Yilmaz YE, Lawless JF, Andrulis IL and Bull SB (2013). Insights from cure-rate modeling in subtypes of lymph node negative breast cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology 31 (16), 2047–2054.

Forse CL*, Yilmaz YE*, Pinnaduwage D, O'Malley FP, Mulligan AM, Bull SB and Andrulis IL (2013). Elevated expression of podocalyxin is associated with lymphatic invasion, basal-like phenotype and clinical outcome in axillary lymph node-negative breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 137: 709–719. (*First Author)

Yilmaz YE and Lawless JF (2011). Likelihood ratio procedures and tests of fit in parametric and semiparametric copula models with censored data. Lifetime Data Analysis 17, 386–408.

Lawless JF and Yilmaz YE (2011). Semiparametric estimation in copula models for bivariate sequential survival times. Biometrical Journal 5, 779–796.

Lawless JF and Yilmaz YE (2011). Comparison of semiparametric maximum likelihood estimation and two-stage semiparametric estimation in copula models. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis 55, 2446–2455.

Yilmaz YE and Bull SB (2011). Are quantitative trait-dependent sampling designs cost effective for analysis of rare and common variants? BMC Proceedings 5 (Suppl 9), S111.

Bailey-Wilson JE, Brennan JS, Bull SB, Culverhouse R, Kim Y, Jiang Y, Jung J, Li Q, Lamina C, Liu Y, Magi R, Niu YS, Simpson CL, Wang L, Yilmaz YE, Zhang H and Zhang Z (2011). Regression and data mining methods for analyses of multiple rare variants in the Genetic Analysis Workshop 17 "mini-exome" data. Genetic Epidemiology 35, S92–S100.

Yilmaz YE and Akkaya A (2008). Analysis of variance and linear contrasts in experimental design with Generalized Secant Hyperbolic Distribution. Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics 216, 545–553.