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.

Yu Shyr, PhD, FASA, FAAAS
Professor and Chair

Department News and Events

Monthly Statistical Computing Series
The Statistical Computing Series is a monthly event for learning various aspects of modern statistical computing from practitioners in the Department of Biostatistics. We focus on topics related to the R languagePython, and related tools, but we include the broadest possible range of content related to effective statistical computation. The format varies, depending on the speaker and the topic, from lectures to demonstrations to hands-on workshops. You can learn more by clicking here.

Biostatistics Weekly Seminar Series starts back up on August 26, 2020  
The Vanderbilt Department of Biostatistics will once again start up its weekly seminar series on Wednesday, August 26. Each semester we offer weekly seminars featuring internal and external speakers with expertise in biostatistics, quantitative sciences and data science from 1:30pm-2:30pm via Zoom. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact Tawanna Peters You can find the complete schedule here.