Isabelle Rao


Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering

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Office: TBD


Research Area

Operations Research; Public Health.

Research Interests

Operations research; optimization; health policy; healthcare operations; machine learning; epidemic control; scarce resources.


Isabelle Rao is an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, starting July 2024. She received her PhD in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University (2023), MS in Applied Mathematics from École Centrale Paris (2014), and BS in Mathematics from Lycée Louis-le-Grand (2012). She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at INSEAD in the Technology and Operations Management area.

Isabelle’s research focuses on developing novel mathematical models to inform critical decisions in public health and personalized medicine. Her work is at the intersection of operations research, epidemiology, computer science, and health economics. In particular, she develops interpretable models to provide actionable insights for operational and policy decisions in healthcare. Recently, her work has focused on the areas of COVID-19, opioid abuse, and epidemic control.

Isabelle is looking for graduate students (Master’s and PhD) starting as early as Fall 2024. Prospective students interested in working with her are encouraged to reach out by email, providing their CV, unofficial transcripts, and detailing their research interests.

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