From the Chair

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

NSF Webinar: Generalizable Data Science Methods for Biomedical Research (Posted 11/08/2018)
​The National Science Foundation will hold a webinar to outline the goals of, and proposal-submission requirements for, the new Joint DMS/NLM Initiative on Generalizable Data Science Methods for Biomedical Research.  There will be a question and answer session following the presentation.  The webinar will take place on Monday, November 19, 2018 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm CST.  To participate, please register here.

Biostatistics Weekly Seminar Series to host Keaven Anderson, PhD (Posted 11/05/2018)
Join us this Wednesday, November 7th at 1:30pm in MRB III 1220 for Dr. Keaven Anderson's talk titled, "Challenges with Design and Analysis in Immuno-Oncology Trials." To learn more, click here.

Biostatistics Weekly Seminar Series to host Dandan Liu, PhD (Posted 10/30/2018)
Join us on Halloween at 1:30pm in MRB III 1220 for an especially spooky talk titled, "Target Population Risk Prediction with Time-to Event Outcome," which will be presented by Dr. Dandan Liu, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics.  To learn more, click here.

Statistical Computing Series: Data Cleaning with dataMaid (Posted 10/22/2018)
Molly Olson and Omair Khan from the Department of Biostatistics will give their talk, "Data Cleaning with dataMaid," on Friday, October 26 from 1:30pm-2:30pm in 2525 West End Avenue in the Biostatistics Conference Room 11105.

Biostatistics Weekly Seminar Series to host Christina Tripp, PhD (Posted 10/22/2018)
This Wednesday the Department of Biostatistics hosts our very own graduate and current postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Christina Tripp.  She will give her talk titled, "Estimating Causal Mediation Effects from a Single Regression Model," on Wednesday, October 24th from 1:30pm-2:30pm in MRB III, Room 1220.  To learn more, click here.

CHSR Work in Progress (WIP) Biostatistics Seminar (Posted 10/22/2018)
The Center for Health Services Research hosts Dr. Robert Greevy tomorrow, October 23, at noon in the 2525 West End Ave, 12th Floor Grand Conference Room, Suite 1232.  This talk titled, "Work in Progress (WIP) Biostatitics," re-introduces the second-generation p-value, works through a framework for prespecifying clinically significant effect sizes for absolute and relative measure, and illustrates the benefits with regard to classical error rates.  Join us!

2018 Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference (Posted 10/22/2018)
Our department had a very strong showing at WSDS 2018 last week! Sarah Lotspeich, Elizabeth Sigworth, and Hannah Weeks gave speed talks and poster presentations; Run Fan, Christina Tripp Saunders, and Jennifer Thompson gave presentations; and Jennifer also helped teach a short course. Congratulations to all of them!

Biostatistics Weekly Seminar Series to host Elizabeth Stuart, PhD (Posted 10/15/2018)
This Wednesday the Department of Biostatistics hosts Dr. Elizabeth Stuart from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She will give her talk titled, "Sensitivity analyses for unobserved effect moderation when generalizing from trial to population," on Wednesday, October 17th from 1:30pm-2:30pm in MRB III, Room 1220.  To learn more, click here.

Upcoming Seminar of Interest (Posted 10/15/2018)
Chris Fonnesbeck, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics here at Vanderbilt, is scheduled to give a talk for the DBMI Seminar Series on Wednesday, October 24, at noon in 202 Light Hall.  His talk titled, "Advances in Probabilistic Programming for Data Science," will cover the basic fundamental concepts of probabilistic programming and will also serve as an introduction to software used for implementing statistical and machine learning models with probabilistic programming.  

Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture (Posted 10/01/2018)
Join Dr. Leonardo Alfredo Harris, a Postdoctoral Fellow from the Quaranta Lab at Vanderbilt, for his talk titled, "Bet Hedging as a Survival Strategy in Complex Biological Systems in Cancer," on Wednesday, October 10th at 4:00pm in 512 Light Hall.

Seminar: Improving Organization and Collaboration with Trello and Integration with R (Posted 09/27/2018)
Molly Olson, one of our staff biostatisticians, will present her talk, "Improving Organization and Collaboration with Trello and Integration with R," on Friday, September 28th at 1:30pm in 2525 WEA, Room 11105.  Trello is an organizational tool that can help with collaborations, planning, and task management, among other things. Molly will show how Trello can be used in your collaborations to improve productivity and organization and how to integrate the Trello data it with R.  

DBMI hosts Dr. Jonathan Perlinfrom HCA on Wednesday (Posted 09/24/2018)
The Department of Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series hosts Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, President of Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) on Wednesday, September 26, from noon to 1:00pm in 202 Light Hall.  Dr. Perlin will give his talk titled,"Learning and Improving at-Speed and at-Scale: Leveraging the Data Assets of a Large Health System."