Myrto Award

The Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lectureship

About the Award

myrtoThe Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lectureship was established in perpetuity in memory of Dr. Myrto Lefkopoulou, a faculty member and graduate of Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Lefkopoulou tragically died of cancer in 1992 at the age of 34 after a courageous two-year battle. She was deeply beloved by friends, students, and faculty.

Each year the lectureship is awarded to a promising statistician who has made contributions to either collaborative or methodologic research in the applications of statistical methods to biology or medicine, and/or who has shown excellence in the teaching of biostatistics. Ordinarily, the lectureship is given to a statistician who has earned a doctorate in the last fifteen years. The lecture is presented to a general scientific audience as the first Department colloquium of each academic year. The lectureship includes travel to Boston, a reception following the lecture, and an honorarium of $1000.


Nominations are welcome for next year’s award, to be given in September 2021.

Please send nominations via email

Nominations should include a letter describing the contributions of the candidate, specifically highlighting the criteria for the award, and a curriculum vita. An other supporting materials would be extremely helpful to the committee.

All nominations must be received by June 11, 2021.

Past Recipients

2020  Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen
2019  Veera Baladandayuthapani
2018  Elizabeth Stuart
2017  Ciprian Crainiceanu
2016  Mahlet Tadesse
2015  Debashis Ghosh
2014  Tianxi Cai
2013  Nilanjan Chatterjee
2012  Rafael Irizarry
2011  Jeffrey Morris
2010  David Dunson
2009  Xihong Lin
2008  Heping Zhang
2007  Francesca Dominici
2006  Jianqing Fan
2005  Mark van der Laan
2004  Geert Molenberghs
2003  Marie Davidian
2002  Danyu Lin
2001  Bradley P. Carlin
2000  Steven N. Goodman
1999  Giovanni Parmigianni
1998  Kathryn Roeder
1997  Ronald S. Brookmeyer
1996  Trevor J. Hastie
1995  Hans-George Mueller
1994  Michael L. Boehnke
1993  Louise Ryan