Gersende Fort received her Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from University Paris VI – France in 2001, the Engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications – France in 1997, and the Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches in 2010. In 2001, she joined the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS); she is now CNRS Senior Researcher at the Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse – France.

Her areas of expertise cover computational statistics, statistical learning, stochastic optimization, Monte Carlo methods, statistical signal processing, with applications in inverse Bayesian problems.  She has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences in computational statistics and machine learning.