I hold the Laurence H. Baker Endowed Chair and the rank of Distinguished Professor in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University. I am also Director of the Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics.

I conduct research on statistical methods for the design and analysis of high-dimensional biological datasets. Example data types include transcriptomic data from microarrays or RNA-sequencing, microbiome data, genomic data for use in genome-wide association studies, and data on complex phenotypes. Since joining Iowa State University in 2000, my work has been heavily influenced by numerous collaborations with leading plant and animal scientists who seek to understand the functions of genes in biological systems and to learn how genotype and environment interact to shape important phenotypes.

I also work on the development of statistical learning methodology and have enjoyed applying such methods to problems in sports analytics.

I teach graduate-level statistics courses, advise graduate student research, and serve on many student committees, both within the Department of Statistics and for students from a variety of other departments at Iowa State.


2115 Snedecor Hall
Department of Statistics
Iowa State University
2438 Osborn Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011-1090
Phone : (515) 294-7754
Email: dnett@iastate.edu