Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen is Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiologic Methods with joint appointment in the departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. His primary area of interest is in semi-parametric efficiency theory with application to causal inference, missing data problems, statistical genetics and mixed model theory. In general, he works on the development of statistical and epidemiologic methods that make efficient use of the information in data collected by scientific investigators, while avoiding unnecessary assumptions about the underlying data generating mechanism.
He was raised in Yaoundé, Cameroon, until the age of 12 and then went to boarding school in France. After school, he enrolled at Duke University, North Carolina, US, but later transferred to Yale. In 1998, he applied for and accepted a one-year travel fellowship from Yale to go to Ghana. There, he conducted a research project on using mathematics to model and understand what factors are important to the adoption of new hybrid maize seeds in Ghana and realised he could use his natural mathematical ability to promote public health.He then returned to Yale to earn his Bachelor of Science (in electrical engineering and applied mathematics). That same year, he joined HSPH as a statistical programmer as part of an internship in the Department of Epidemiology and never looked back. He applied succesfully to the doctoral programme in biostatistics at HSPH, earning his PhD in 2006.