Stijn Vansteelandt graduated as Master in Mathematics at Ghent University in 1998, and obtained a PhD in Mathematics (Statistics) in 2002 at the same university. After postdoctoral research at the Department of Biostatistics of the Harvard School of Public Health, he returned to Ghent University in 2004, where he is now Full Professor (80%) in the Department of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics. He is furthermore Professor of Statistical Methodology (20%) in the Department of Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Stijn Vansteelandt is an expert in causal inference: a fast-growing field within statistics, which focuses on the development of statistical methods for inferring the causal effect of an exposure on an outcome from experimental and observational data under minimal and well-understood assumptions. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications in international journals on a variety of topics in biostatistics, epidemiology and medicine, such as the analysis of longitudinal and clustered data, missing data, mediation and moderation/interaction, instrumental variables, family-based genetic association studies, analysis of outcome-dependent samples and phylogenetic inference. He is Co-Editor of Biometrics, the leading flagship journal of the International Biometrics Society, and has previously served as Associate Editor for the journals Biometrics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Epidemiologic Methods and the Journal of Causal Inference.