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 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 2009-2015 as an Associate Professor and Research Group Leader in Statistics at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen. In 2015, he joined the European Food Safety Authority in Parma to work as a Scientific Administrator in Statistics.
Gilles Guillot has been a visiting scientist at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg Sweden, at Centro de Investigacion Biologica del Noroeste, La Paz, Mexico, at the University of Sapporo, Japan, at the Department of Mathematics of University 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 Member of the Editorial Board, Population Ecology.
Gilles Guillot is best known for the development of several data analysis methods at the interface of Spatial Statistics, Computational Probability and Populations Genetics, in particular, the computer program Geneland that from 2005 on became a standard for the detection of gene flow from molecular markers.
In 2018, Gilles Guillot was appointed Vice President Biostatistics, at the International Prevention Research Institute.