Vanderbilt Department of Biostatistics

Our graduate program welcomes applications for the 2023–2024 academic year through January 15, 2023. See the Admissions section for details.


We are hiring! See our Careers page for current openings, including faculty positions for individuals dedicated to collaborative biostatistics, particularly in radiology, anesthesiology, and medicine, and specifically keen on methodological development and implementation in one or more of the following areas: modern multicenter randomized clinical trials, learning health systems, image analyses, machine learning, causal inference, and electronic health records-derived studies.


Our weekly Wednesday seminar series is in full swing! The seminars typically take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Central Time.

On November 30, Joris Mooij will present "Towards Markov Properties for Differential-Algebraic Equations." Mooij, a professor of mathematical statistics at the University of Amsterdam's Korteweg-De Vries Institute, is focused on causality, combining mathematical, algorithmic, statistical and modeling aspects in his work on causal modeling, discovery, prediction, validation, and application.

Future speakers include Rafael Irizarry (hybrid) and Jing Yang (hybrid). For virtual access and other assistance, contact Cierra Streeter


On Friday, December 9, at 1:30 p.m., Shawn Garbett will present "Everything's coming up REDCap (REsearch Data Capture)" as part of our Statistical Computing Series. His talk will include discussion of {rccola}, an R package that keeps API keys in cryptolockers, mitigating risks of HIPAA violations, and initiatives such as creating a library of QC routines with easier-to-use APIs and developing an extract transform load (ETL) server to make a consistent operational asset for moving data between REDCap projects. For virtual access to this presentation, contact Ryan Moore.


Our department members also present lectures and workshops around the world. Upcoming presentations: Yu Shyr delivering a keynote in Taipei; various department members chairing, organizing, and presenting at CMStatistics 2022 in London and ENAR 2023 in Nashville; Derek Smith in Savannah, and more.

 

Yu Shyr welcomes department members to the renovated 10th floor space for Vanderbilt biostatistics

 

Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center!

The department was founded in 2003, tasked with the mission of bringing biostatistical expertise to the Vanderbilt community. With the unflagging support of the School of Medicine, and the diligence and creativity of our faculty and staff, we fulfill our mission daily: engaging in cutting-edge statistical methodology research, providing collaborative support and educational resources for biomedical and basic science researchers across the university, and training a new generation of biostatisticians.

Today, the department stands poised to enter a new era: the era of big data, in which biostatisticians are challenged to expand their skills and knowledge beyond traditional statistical modeling and inference, to the broader tasks of bringing order to enormous quantities of structured and unstructured data, and to find the patterns and make the predictions that support the promise of precision medicine.

We are excited to embrace the opportunities of this new era, and look forward to meeting each new challenge, together.

Yu Shyr, PhD, Dr(hc), FASA, FAAAS, FAACR
Professor and Chair