Vanderbilt Department of Biostatistics

We host hour-long seminars most weeks on biostatistical topics. Upcoming presentations include Carnegie Mellon University's Ziv Bar-Joseph on LLMs and active learning for mRNA vaccine optimization on March 6, and University of Pittsburgh's Ying Ding on meta-learners to analyze treatment heterogeneity in survival data on March 20. To attend these presentations virtually, contact Cierra Streeter

We are recruiting for faculty with a focus on global health, in partnership with the Aurum Institute in South Africa and the Division of Infectious Diseases. Visit Interfolio to view the job descriptions and apply. The search committee is reviewing applications on a rolling basis.

The 2024 International Chinese Statistical Association Applied Statistics Symposium will convene in Nashville from June 16 through 19. Visit the conference website for details. Submissions for student paper awards and travel grants are due by April 1. Poster abstracts are due by May 1. Registration will open soon.

Please visit our blog for announcements of appointments, first-authored papers, and other milestones!

Our department members (including students) and alumni organize and present lectures and workshops around the world. Upcoming presentations include Gustavo Amorim, Bryan Blette, Ishaan Gadiyar, Megan Taylor Jones, Jinyuan Liu, Sarah Lotspeich, Lucy D'Agostino McGowan, Andrew Spieker, Thomas Stewart, Simon Vandekar, and Panpan Zhang in Baltimore. We will also list presenters at JSM 2024 (in Portland, Oregon) as confirmations reach us.

Yu Shyr and best poster winner Jia Li pose for a photo at the 20th anniversary celebration poster session


Welcome to our website! We hope you’ll find it informative and inspiring, and we encourage you to contact us if we can be of further assistance. 
As our department celebrates its 20th anniversary, we remain dedicated to developing cutting-edge statistical methods and tools, providing collaborative support and educational resources for biomedical researchers, and training new biostatisticians to join us in addressing the questions and issues raised by the explosive growth in information technology. 
We are at the forefront of an amazing era for statisticians and biomedical researchers. Our innovative and enthusiastic faculty, staff, and students are deeply engaged with Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s vision of advancing personalized health in the era of smart data. Our efforts are reflected in the hundreds of peer-reviewed papers we co-author each year, our leadership in data management and coordination, and the many workshops and seminars we design, deliver, and facilitate around the world.
We very much look forward to connecting with you as we work toward a healthier and more inclusive society for all.

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


Photo: Yu Shyr and best poster winner Jia Li at the 20th anniversary poster session, September 29, 2023