Torsten Hothorn is Professor of Biostatistics ad personam at the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute of the University of Zurich.

He received a Diploma in Statistics from the University of Dortmund in 2000 and a Dr. rerum naturalium in 2003 from the same university. From 2000 to 2007 he worked as a PhD student and later as PostDoc and lecturer at the Institute for Medical Informatics, Biometry, and Epidemiology of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. In 2007 he accepted a position as Professor of Biostatistics at the Department of Statistics of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. Since April 2013 he is faculty member of the Medical Faculty and the Faculty of Science of the University of Zurich.


  • Novel survival forests described in arXiv 1902.01587.
  • The paper describing the ideas underlying the popular party package is listed as a Google Scholar Classic Paper for the year 2006.
  • New package tram offering standard formula-based user interfaces to stratified linear transformation models now available from CRAN

Current Publications

  • Anke Benten, Torsten Hothorn, Torsten Vor, and Christian Ammer. Wildlife warning reflectors do not mitigate wildlife-vehicle collisions on roads. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 120:64--73, 2018. [ bib | DOI ]
  • Ralf-Dieter Hofheinz, Dirk Arnold, Emmanouil Fokas, Marco Kaufmann, Torsten Hothorn, Gunnar Folprecht, Rainer Fietkau, Werner Hohenberger, Michael B. Ghadimi, Torsten Liersch, Gerhard G. Grabenbauer, Rolf Sauer, Claus Rödel, and Ulrich Graeven. Impact of age on the efficacy of oxaliplatin in the preoperative chemoradiotherapy and adjuvant chemotherapy of rectal cancer: A post hoc analysis of the CAO/ARO/AIO-04 phase 3 trial. Annals of Oncology, 29(8):1793--1799, 2018. [ bib | DOI ]
  • Emmanouil Fokas, Rainer Fietkau, Arndt Hartmann, Werner Hohenberger, Robert Grützmann, Michael B. Ghadimi, Torsten Liersch, Philipp Ströbel, Gerhard G. Grabenbauer, Ullrich Graeven, Ralf-Dieter Hofheinz, Claus-Henning Köhne, Christian Wittekind, Rolf Sauer, Marco Kaufmann, Torsten Hothorn, and Claus Rödel on behalf of the German Rectal Cancer Study Group. Neoadjuvant rectal score as individual-level surrogate for disease-free survival in rectal cancer in the CAO/ARO/AIO-04 randomized phase III trial. Annals of Oncology, 29(7):1521--1527, 2018. [ bib | DOI ]

Contact information:

Email: Torsten.Hothorn %at%

Prof. Dr. Torsten Hothorn
Universität Zürich - Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute
Hirschengraben 84
CH-8001 Zürich

Tel +41 44 634 48 17
Fax +41 44 634 43 86