From the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University. I hope you enjoy looking around our website and our Departmental Wiki.

Since our 2003 founding, the Department has grown rapidly. We now have 31 faculty and 27 staff biostatisticians, 29 administrative, IT, and research staff, and 8 graduate students.  Our growth is due to the substantial and sustained support we have received from the School of Medicine and our collaborators, for which I am very thankful, and due to the hard work and innovation of our faculty and staff, of which I am very proud.  Our faculty collaborate on biomedical research in a thriving academic medical center with an international presence.

Our Department has a dynamic reach across the University; an outstanding Division of Cancer Biostatistics led by Yu Shyr, PhD; an innovative and contemporary graduate program led by Jeffrey D. Blume, PhD; and a prosperous Biostatistics Collaboration Center (BCC) that supports biomedical collaborations across the University. Our mission is to engage in and facilitate collaborative endeavors in biomedicine and the basic sciences, conduct groundbreaking methodological research, promote interdisciplinary discovery, train the next generation of PhD and MS Biostatisticians, and act as an educational resource for biomedical researchers and Vanderbilt. I am looking forward to the next decade of growth for our Department in these exciting times.

Frank E. Harrell, Jr., PhD

Professor and Chair