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.

Professor and Chair

Department News and Events

Monthly Statistical Computing Series (Posted 08/20/2019)
This Friday, August 23rd from 1:30pm-2:30pm in Room 11105 (11th Floor) of the 2525 West End Ave building, we will host Shawn Garbett as he gives his talk titled, "API Construction for Scalable Delivery of Model Prediction using R and the Plumber Package."  This is part of the Monthly Statistical Computing Series and you can learn more by clicking here.

Biostatistics Weekly Seminar Series starts back up on August 21st (Posted 08/01/2019)
The Vanderbilt Department of Biostatistics will once again start up its weekly seminar series on Wednesday, August 21 hosting Ronald L. Wasserstein, Executive Director of the American Statistical Association (ASA).  Each semester we offer weekly seminars featuring internal and external speakers with expertise in biostatistics, quantitative sciences and data science from 1:30pm-2:30pm in MRB III 1220.  You can find the complete schedule here.

Registration CLOSED for the CQS Summer Institute (Posted 07/31/2019)
Registration has closed for the 2019 CQS Summer Institute as courses will begin next week.  If you missed out this year, please check our site next Spring for information on the 2020 CQS Summer Institute.  Stay tuned for more course offerings and department events on our website!

Biostatistics Seminar Series Hosts Jim Kendall, LCSW, CEAP (Posted 06/05/2019)
Please join us as Jim Kendall, LCSW, CEAP, Manager within the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Work/Life Connections group presents his talk titled, "Stress, Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, And You," on Wednesday, June 12th at 1:30pm in MRB III, 1220.  

Register NOW for the 2019 CQS Summer Institute! (Posted 05/15/2019)
We are excited to announce that registration for the 2019 Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences (CQS) Summer Institute is now OPEN!  We offer four, week-long courses focused in biostatistics, bioinformatics, machine learning and causal inference.  The courses are taught by our faculty members in the Department of Biostatistics and will run from August 5-9 and August 12-16.  To learn more about each course and how to register, please log onto our website: https://www.vumc.org/cqs/cqs-summer-institute.  Registration is open now through July 29th, but be sure to register early as courses will fill up fast!

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.