Vanderbilt Department of Biostatistics

Our weekly Wednesday seminar series is in full swing! The seminars typically take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Central Time.

On Wednesday, December 7, Rafael Irizarry will present "Monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in Puerto Rico." Irizarry is chair of data science at Harvard's Chan School of Public Health and professor of biostatistics. This talk will be hybrid: the in-person location is the 10th floor conference room at 2525 West End Avenue. Treats will be provided, and attendees may have the opportunity to meet with the speaker 1:1 before the seminar.

Future speakers include Jing Yang (hybrid), Caroline Uhler (virtual), and Michael Harhay (hybrid). For virtual access and other assistance, contact Cierra Streeter

On Friday, December 9, at 1:30 p.m. Central Time, Shawn Garbett will present "Everything's coming up REDCap (REsearch Data Capture)" as part of our Statistical Computing Series. His talk will include discussion of {rccola}, an R package that keeps API keys in cryptolockers, mitigating risks of HIPAA violations, and initiatives such as creating a library of QC routines with easier-to-use APIs and developing an extract transform load (ETL) server to make a consistent operational asset for moving data between REDCap projects. For virtual access to this presentation, contact Ryan Moore.

Our graduate program welcomes applications for the 2023–2024 academic year through January 15. See the Admissions section for details.

Our paid summer internship program for underrepresented undergraduates is open for applications through February 20

We are hiring! See our Careers page for current openings, including faculty positions for individuals dedicated to collaborative biostatistics, particularly in radiology, anesthesiology, and medicine, and specifically keen on methodological development and implementation in one or more of the following areas: modern multicenter randomized clinical trials, learning health systems, image analyses, machine learning, causal inference, and electronic health records-derived studies.

Our department members also present lectures and workshops around the world. Upcoming presentations: Yu Shyr delivering a keynote in Taipei; various department members chairing, organizing, and presenting at CMStatistics 2022 in London and ENAR 2023 in Nashville; Derek Smith in Savannah, and more.

Yu Shyr welcomes department members to the renovated 10th floor space for Vanderbilt biostatistics


Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center!

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, 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.

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