Computer Science and Statistics

College of Arts and Sciences

Assistant Professor Prabhani Kuruppumullage Don

Prabhani DonContact Information

Office Tyler 129
Dept. of Computer Science and Statistics
Tyler Hall
9 Greenhouse Road, Suite 2
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI, 02881

Telephone (401) 874-2701



2014 Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University Statistics
2011 M.Sc. Pennsylvania State University Statistics
2005 B.Sc. (First Class Honors) University of Colombo Statistics

Previous Positions

2014-2016 Research Fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA
2011-2014 Research Assistant at The Pennsylvania State University, PA
2011 Research Intern at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, NY
2009-2010 Research Assistant at The Pennsylvania State University, PA
2006-2008 Lecturer at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka


  • STA 412 – Statistical Methods in Research II

Selected Publications

  • Kuruppumullage Don P., Evans, J.L., Chiaromonte F., and Kowaleski A.M., (2016), MixtureBased Path Clustering for Synthesis of ECMWF Ensemble Forecasts of Tropical Cyclone Evolution, Monthly Weather Review, 114 (9): 3301–3320.
  • Bartolucci, F., Chiaromonte F., Kuruppumullage Don P., and Lindsay B.G., (2016), Composite likelihood inference in a discrete latent variable model for two-way ”clustering-by-segmentation” problems, Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics.
  • Kuruppumullage Don P., Ananda G., Chiaromonte F. and Makova K., (2013), Segmenting the human genome based on states of neutral genetic divergence, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) USA, 110 (36): 14699-14704.
  • Markatou M., Kuruppumullage Don P., Hu J., Wang F., Sun J., Sorrentino R., and Ebadollahi S., (2012), Case-based reasoning in comparative effectiveness research, IBM Journal of Research and Development, 56(5): 5-44.

Honors and Awards

  • Finalist, Applied Statistics Association non-parametric statistics student paper competition,
    Joint Statistical Meetings, (2014).
  • Travel awards from:
    • Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics, University of Washington, to attend three workshops
    • Department of Statistics, University of Wisconsin, to attend the conference on Non-parametric
      Statistics for Big Data (2014)
    • Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of California Los Angeles, to attend
      the workshop on “Coancestry, Association, and Population Genomics” (2011)
  • Co-authored Analysis of clinical trials with single and multiple dose treatments, winner of the
    Scientist Award of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics Conference (2008).
  • Received the Certificate in Teaching given by the Staff and Educational Development
    Association (SEDA) for Higher Education in the UK (2008), for the successful completion
    of Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education course organized by University of
    Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Best Sri Lankan undergraduate research project of the Sri Lanka
    Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS), Physical Science and Statistics
  • The Gold Medal for best undergraduate research project, University of Colombo,
    Department of Statistics (2005).
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