Mats J. Stensrud

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Mats Julius Stensrud
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Born1989 (age 32–33)
Alma materUniversity of Oslo
University of Oxford
  • Physician
  • biostatistician
Known forCausality
Survival analysis
Medical statistics

Mats J. Stensrud (born 1989 in Trondheim, Norway) is a Norwegian physician and biostatistician. He is a professor of Statistics at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) and the head of the Chair of Biostatistics at the Deparment of Mathematics at the School of Basic Sciences.[1][2]

Career physician

Stensrud studied mathematics and medicine at the University of Oslo. In 2013, he received a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from University of Oslo, and in 2014, a Master's degree with honors from University of Oxford. In 2015, he graduated with a PhD in neuroscience with a thesis supervise by Vidar Gundersen on "Non-classical release of classical neurotransmitters,"[3][4] and in 2016, he received his medical doctor (MD) degree, both at University of Oslo. He then joined as an intern the Department of Medicine and Department of Surgery Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo for his initial clinical training in internal medicine and general surgery. In March 2018, he joined both Odd O. Aalen and Kjetil Røysland at the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Oslo as a part-time postdoctoral fellow, and the Department of Medicine at the Diakonhjemmet Hospital as a residence doctor.[5] In September 2018, he went to work on causal inference methodology at the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health|Harvard School of Fulbright scholar and Kolokotrones fellow, mentored by Miguel Hernán James M. Robins.[6][7]

Since September 2020, he is tenure-track assistant professor of statistics at EPFL and the head of the Chair of Biostatistics at EPFL's School of Basic Sciences.[1][2]


Stensrud research focuses on methods for causal inference in complex settings with time dependent exposures and outcomes. Many of his works are inspired by applications in medicine and epidemiology. Stensrud's research is known for method development for causal inference in longitudinal settings.[8][9][10]


Stensrud is the runner up of the 2018 Rothman Prize for best article in epidemiology,[11] the runner up of the 2018 Statistical Excellence Award for Early-Career Writing for best article in 2018 jointly with Morten Valberg,[12] and the winner of the 2018 Best Paper Award by Norwegian Epidemiological Association for his Nature Communications paper on "Inequality in cancer risk suggest bad genes rather than bad luck."[6][13] In 2018, he was the the Norwegian candidate at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.[6] In 2014, he received the Gutierrez-Toscano Prize for the best achievements in the Master in Applied Statistics from University of Oxford.[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Chair of Biostatistics". EPFL. Retrieved 2021-01-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "11 new professors appointed at the two Federal Institutes of Technology | ETH-Board". Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  3. "Doktoravhandlinger". Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening (in norsk). 2015-06-02. ISSN 0029-2001.
  4. Stensrud, Mats Julius; Puchades, Maja; Gundersen, Vidar (November 2014). "GABA is localized in dopaminergic synaptic vesicles in the rodent striatum". Brain Structure and Function. 219 (6): 1901–1912. doi:10.1007/s00429-013-0609-4. ISSN 1863-2653.
  5. Stensrud, Mats J; Aalen, John M; Aalen, Odd O; Valberg, Morten (2018-11-29). "Limitations of hazard ratios in clinical trials". European Heart Journal. 40 (17): 1378–1383. doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehy770. ISSN 0195-668X.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "CV: Mats Julius Stensrud" (PDF). GitHub.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. Stensrud, Mats J.; Hernán, Miguel A. (2020-04-14). "Why Test for Proportional Hazards?". JAMA. 323 (14): 1401. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.1267. ISSN 0098-7484.
  8. "Erratum to: Limitations of hazard ratios in clinical trials". European Heart Journal. 40 (17): 1383–1383. 2019-01-23. doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehz006. ISSN 0195-668X.
  9. Stensrud, Mats Julius; Valberg, Morten; Røysland, Kjetil; Aalen, Odd O. (May 2017). "Exploring Selection Bias by Causal Frailty Models". Epidemiology. 28 (3): 379–386. doi:10.1097/ede.0000000000000621. ISSN 1044-3983.
  10. Stensrud, Mats J.; Hernán, Miguel A. (2020-04-14). "Why Test for Proportional Hazards?". JAMA. 323 (14): 1401. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.1267. ISSN 0098-7484.
  11. "Young Kyung Do, Winner of the 2020 Rothman Epidemiology Prize". Epidemiology. 31 (4): 467. July 2020. doi:10.1097/EDE.0000000000000845. ISSN 1044-3983.
  12. Brian Tarran. "Significance magazine - NYU's Letisha Smith wins 2018 writing competition | Significance magazine". Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  13. Stensrud, Mats Julius; Valberg, Morten (2017-10-27). "Inequality in genetic cancer risk suggests bad genes rather than bad luck". Nature Communications. 8 (1): 1165. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01284-y. ISSN 2041-1723. PMC 5660094. PMID 29079851.
  14. "Gutierrez Toscano Prize Department of Statistics, University of Oxford". Retrieved 2021-01-28.

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