Burton Singer is Adjunct Professor in the Emerging Pathogens Institute and Department of Mathematics at University of Florida. From 1993 - July, 2009, he was Charles & Marie Robertson Professor of Public and International Affairs at, Princeton University. He was formerly chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and professor of economics and statistics at Yale University (1984 – 1993), and Professor of Statistics at Columbia University (1967 – 1984). He has served as chair of the National Research Council Committee on National Statistics and as chair of the Steering Committee for Social and Economic Research in the World Health Organization Tropical Disease Research (TDR) program.
Since 2010, he has been a member of the Research Board of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, focused on both short- and long-term consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He has centered his research in three principal areas: identification of social, biological, and environmental risks associated with vector-borne diseases in the tropics; integration of psychosocial and biological evidence to characterize pathways to alternative states of health; and health impact assessments associated with economic development projects. More recently, he has focused on vector borne diseases of plants, evolution and genetics of insects, parasites, viruses, and bacteria, and mathematical investigations of combinatorial formulations of randomness and degrees of irregularity. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (1994), the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) (2005) and was a Guggenheim fellow in 1981-1982. Ph.D. (Statistics) @ Stanford University (1967).