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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences (PhD)

College, School or Department Name

Department of Mathematical Sciences

First Advisor

Jianping Dong


Renfang Jiang


As the development of genotyping and next-generation sequencing technologies, multi-marker testing in genome-wide association study and rare variant association study became active research areas in statistical genetics. This dissertation contains three methodologies for association study by exploring different genetic data features and demonstrates how to use those methods to test genetic association hypothesis. The methods can be categorized into in three scenarios: 1) multi-marker testing for strong Linkage Disequilibrium regions, 2) multi-marker testing for family-based association studies, 3) multi-marker testing for rare variant association study. I also discussed the advantage of using these methods and demonstrated its power by simulation studies and applications to real genetic data.