Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University!

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, more than a decade since our inception, 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, FASA, FAAAS
Professor and Chair

Department News and Events

Biostatistics Seminar Series Hosts Michael Hudgens, PhD (Posted 04/30/2019)
Michael Hudgens, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics and UNC CFAR Biostatistics Core Directora at the University of North Carolina, will give his talk titled, "Counting viruses: Estimating the size of the latent HIV reservoir," on Wednesday, May 1st from 1:30pm-2:30pm in MRB III 1220.

Data Science Symposium at Vanderbilt (Posted 04/23/2019)
Vanderbilt is hosting a Data Science Symposium in the Student Life Center on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 8:30am-5:00pm.  To learn more and to register, click here: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/datascience/events/symposium/

Biostatistics Seminar Series Hosts John Fox, PhD (Posted 04/23/2019)
John Fox, PhD, from McMaster University in Canada is scheduled to present his talk titled, "Judging Lack of Fit in Complex Regression Models," on Wednesday, April 24th at 1:30pm in MRB III 1220.  We hope you can join us!

Vanderbilt Biostatistics Faculty Featured in the VUMC Reporter (Posted 04/22/2019)
Two of our department faculty were featured in the VUMC Reporter this month.  Congratulations to Professor Jeffrey Blume, PhD,  and Research Associate Professor  Heidi Chen, PhD, for their contributions and participation in research relating to lung cancer screenings.  Read the full article here.

VUMC Discovery Lecture Speaker Hosted by the Department of Biostatistics (Posted 04/10/2019)
The Department of Biostatistics is scheduled to host the VUMC Flexner Discovery Lecture Series speaker on Thursday, April 18th at 4:00pm in 208 Light Hall.  Dr. Scott Zeger, Professor of Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will present his talk titled, "Precision Medicine: A Contrarian Data Scientist's Perspective."  We hope you can join us!  

Biostatistics Seminar Series Hosts Ya-Chen (Lisa) Lin, PhD Candidate (Posted 04/10/2019)
Lisa Lin, PhD Candidate in the Department of Biostatistics, is scheduled to present her talk titled, "Evaluation of Relative Risk Model in PheWAS Analysis," on Wednesday, April 17th at 1:30pm in MRB III 1220.  We hope to see you there!

Biostatistics Seminar Series Hosts Karen Bandeene-Roche, PhD (Posted 04/09/2019)
The Department of Biostatistics will host Dr. Karen Bandeene-Roche, Frank Hurley and Catharine Dorrier Professor and Chair of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, as she gives her talk titled, "The Flourishing Statistical Environment: How Can We Tell?" for our weekly seminar series on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 1:30pm MRB III 1220.

Register NOW for the 2019 Regression Modeling Strategies Short Course! (Posted 03/31/2019)
The Regression Modeling Strategies (RMS) short course, taught by Dr. Frank Harrell, runs Tuesday, May 14th thru Friday, May 17th from 9am to 4pm daily and is held in Vanderbilt's Alumni Hall Room 201. This course is intended for statisticians and related quantitative researchers who want to learn some general model development strategies, including approaches to missing data imputation, data reduction, model validation, and relaxing linearity assumptions. An optional R and RStudio Workshop will be presented on Monday, May 13th by Shawn Garbett.  Breakfast, lunch, and a variety of snacks will be provided daily.  To learn more and to register, click here!  Space is limited so be sure to sign up now!

Biostatistics Seminar Series Hosts Nick Strayer (Posted 03/25/2019)
The Department of Biostatistics will host student, Nick Strayer, as he gives his talk titled, "Taking Network View of EHR and Biobank Data to Find Explainable Multivariate Patterns," for our weekly seminar series on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 1:30pm MRB III 1220.

Biostatistics Seminar Series Hosts Matthew Semler, MD, MSCI (Posted 03/11/2019)
The Department of Biostatistics looks forward to hosting Matthew Semler, MD, MSCI, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt will give his talk titled, "Balanced Crystalloids vs Saline: Transforming the ICU into a Learning Healthcare System," on Wednesday, March 13th from 1:30pm-2:30pm in MRB III 1220.

Biostatistics Seminar Series Hosts Ying Guo, PhD from Emory University (Posted 2/26/2019)
The Department of Biostatistics looks forward to hosting Ying Guo, PhD, from Emory University to give her talk titled, "New ICA Methods for Brain Network Analysis Using Neuroimgaing Data," on Wednesday, February 27th from 1:30pm-2:30pm in MRB III 1220.

Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series Hosts Our Very Own, Andrew Spieker, PhD (Posted 2/25/2019)
The Department of Biomedical Informatics hosts Andrew Spieker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, to give his talk titled, " Using Observational Data to Aggregate Evidence of Clinical Efficacy with Information on Medical Costs," on Wednesday, February 27th from 12pm to 1pm in 2525 WEA, Rm 8110.