Vanderbilt Department of Biostatistics

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

News and Events

"Go for the Gold" by October 31 to save money!

VUMC's Go for the Gold program wraps up its current cycle on October 31. Earn up to $240 (and even more, if you're a DWRWC member) by completing questionnaires and activities at the portal. 

Fun facts: Go for the Gold won the 2008 C. Everett Koop National Health Award for best employee wellness program in the United States. Department faculty member Dan Byrne helped create the program and continues to support it, along with biostatistician Ryan Moore


2021 Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum

Founding chair Frank Harrell will be the guest plenary lecturer at the 2021 Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum (sponsored by Edge for Scholars) on November 4. His talk is titled "Modernizing Clinical Trial Design & Analysis to Improve Efficiency & Flexibility."


Celebrating Dale Plummer—40 years at VUMC! 

Our manager of IT applications was recently recognized for his four decades with the medical center and our department. Read more about him at VUMC's Service Awards page


Wednesday seminars

The fall semester is in full swing, and so are our weekly seminars. See the series page for the schedule.