Isabelle J. Rao

PhD candidate

Stanford University


About me

I am currently a PhD candidate in the department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, 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.


  • Epidemic control

  • Public health

  • Optimization

  • Machine learning


  • PhD in Management Science and Engineering, 2023 (expected)

Stanford University

  • MS in Management Science and Engineering, 2016

Stanford University

  • MS in Applied Mathematics, 2014

Ecole Centrale Paris

  • BS in Mathematics, 2012

Lycée Louis-le-Grand