Gilles Guillot was born in Lyon, France, and received a degree in data science from Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique, Paris in 1994, a MSc in Geostatistics from Ecole des Mines de Paris in 1995 and a PhD in Geophysics/Geochemistry with major in Applied Statistics from the University of Grenoble in 1998.
He started his academic career as a Research Fellow at the National Research Institute for Agrononomy in Avignon, France, 1999-2002 and in Paris 2002-2007. From to 2007 to 2009, he worked as a Norwegian Research Council Research Fellow at the department of biology of the University of Oslo, then from 2009 to 2015 as an Associate Professor and Research Group Leader in Statistics at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen. Under the same period, he has been the founder and principal scientist of Swarm, a private consultancy company providing statistical support to public contractors in Scandinavia. From 2015 to 2018, he worked at the European Food Safety Authority in Parma as a Scientific Administrator in Statistics.
Gilles Guillot has been teaching data analytics methods at all levels in more than ten countries worldwide. He has been a visiting scientist at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, at Centro de Investigacion Biologica del Noroeste, La Paz, Mexico, at the department of Biology of the University of Sapporo, Japan, at the Department of Mathematics of Universidad Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile and at Centre for Geogenetics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His past and present editorial activities include Associate Editor Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Fast Track Editor Molecular Ecology and Member of the Editorial Board Population Ecology.
He is best known for the development of several data analysis methods at the interface of Molecular Biology, Statistics and Computer Science, in particular, the R package Geneland that is now a standard for the detection of spatial gene flow from molecular markers.
In 2018, Gilles Guillot was appointed Vice President Biostatistics, at the International Prevention Research Institute.