Isabelle J. Rao

Assistant Professor

University of Toronto

MIE Faculty Profile


About me

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE). 

Previously, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at INSEAD in the Technology and Operations Management Area. I worked with Professor Stephen Chick in the Healthcare Management Initiative.  

I received my PhD in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, where I was advised by Professor Margaret Brandeau.  

My research focuses on developing novel mathematical models to inform critical decisions in public health and personalized medicine. In particular, I develop interpretable models to provide actionable insights for operational and policy decisions in healthcare. Recently, my work has focused on the areas of COVID-19, opioid abuse and epidemic control. By integrating tools from operations research, epidemiology, computer science and health economics, my research aims to address gaps in current approaches in healthcare modeling. 

Prospective students: I am looking for graduate students (Master's and PhD) starting as early as Fall 2024. If you would like to work with me, please feel free to email me with your CV, unofficial transcript and research interests. 



Stanford University 

Stanford University 

Ecole Centrale Paris

Lycée Louis-le-Grand