Vanderbilt Department of Biostatistics

Our weekly Wednesday seminar series is in full swing! On October 12, Qingning Zhou will speak about two-phase sampling with interval-censored data. Zhou is an assistant professor at UNC Charlotte, and her research interests include survival analysis, semiparametric and nonparametric methods, correlated responses, missing data, measurement error, AIDS/HIV, sickle cell disease, and chronic kidney disease. A link to sign up for meetings with the speaker was included with the email invitation.

On October 19, University of Pennsylvania's Bingxin Zhao will deliver a hybrid presentation about polygenic risk scores and genetic applications of random matrix theory. Treats will be provided during the seminar; in-person participants have the opportunity to meet with the speaker one-on-one before the talk or during lunch and dinner. Zhao received a 2022 Distinguished Dissertation Award at UNC, and his research interests include statistical methods & applications to big data, high-dimensional statistics, biomedical & biological data science, environmental data science, and social data science.

The seminars take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Central Time. For virtual access and other assistance, contact Jena Altstatt

On Friday, October 28, at 1:30 p.m. Central Time, Laurie Samuels will lead "Catching up on (a few) talks from useR! and rstudio::conf" as this month's Statistical Computing Series presentation. To suggest talks to be watched and discussed during this "mini-conference" session, contact Ryan Moore for access to the session-planning spreadsheet. The Statistical Computing Series consists of informal meetings that allow experienced statisticians to share their expertise on particular topics with practitioners across Vanderbilt.

Our department members also present lectures and workshops around the world. Upcoming presentations include Ben French at Brown University, Yu Shyr and Mario Davidson in Santa Monica, 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