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Dr. Coles talking to a graduate student at the 2015 NCSU IMSD Annual Reception. (Click photo for more info on the IMSD program.)

This site has two purposes: it presents a brief overview of 1) my service to the community and 2) my scientific research.

A small portion of my bio is presented below, but please feel free to explore additional details on the other pages of this site.


Short Bio

I grew up in a socioeconomically disadvantaged community. Despite the challenges inextricably linked to people in these communities and the poor decisions of my youth, I eventually became the first African-American male to earn a Ph.D. in Statistics from North Carolina State University. Professionally, I am currently a statistical research scientist at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

My professional time is largely spent collaborating with world-renowned cardiologists to solve problems in clinical research (both randomized trials and observational studies).

My scientific collaborations often identify the need for improved statistical tools to better answer scientific questions or to improve the quality and conduct of clinical research.

Thus, my work is a blend of applied statistics and methodological research that is purposed to help improve the quality of life of people around the world.

In addition to my scientific work and research, I am also passionate about community outreach. My work in this area consists of church-related roles and responsibilities as well as service to our schools and correctional institutes. For more information, see my community outreach and service page.


Email: adrian.coles(at)duke.edu

Phone: 919.668.7391


“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” ~ Nelson Mandela