Jenna C Carlson

  • Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
  • Assistant Professor, Human Genetics

Jenna C. Carlson, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Human Genetics. She joined the faculty of Pitt Public Health in 2018.

Dr. Carlson is an expert in statistical genetics, focusing on genetic epidemiology studies of complex traits, including orofacial clefting, oral health, obesity, diabetes, and other cardiometabolic traits. Her research includes statistical methodology for modeling and understanding phenotypic heterogeneity of complex traits and developing genotype imputation reference panels for underrepresented groups in biomedical research. Her collaborations include the Samoan Obesity, Lifestyle and Genetic Adaptations (OLaGA) Study Group and the Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) Consortium.

Dr. Carlson directs and teaches in several introductory statistics courses in Pitt Public Health, R programming workshops through the Health Sciences Library System, and co-instructs the Capstone and Capstone Prep courses for the MS Biostatistics program. She is interested in education and pedagogical research and seeks to use evidenced-based instructional methods in each of her classes.


2012 | California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA | B.S. Applied Mathematics and Statistics
2017 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | Ph.D. Biostatistics



Pitt Public Health Courses:

  • BIOST 2011, Principles of Statistical Reasoning
  • BIOST 2022, Capstone Prep
  • BIOST 2039, Biostatistical Methods
  • BIOST 2041, Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • BIOST 2099, Capstone

HSLS Courses:


Selected Publications

See my bibliography in PubMed