Vanderbilt Department of 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

Events and Opportunities

Registration is open for this year's Summer Institute courses on big data, causal inference, R, and cloud computing. See the Institute page for details. Sign up by June 30 to receive the early bird discount.

On July 6, at 9:00 a.m. CDT, PhD candidate Megan Hollister Murray will defend her dissertation, "On second-generation p-values for equivalence testing and study planning, and flexible false discovery rate computation for classical p-values." Read more about it in the graduate program news section.

On August 2, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. CDT, assistant professor and Educator Development Program director for classroom peer reviews Mario Davidson will facilitate a survey design workshop with S. Elizabeth Williams, assistant professor of pediatrics. This will be an in-person workshop. Contact edp[at]vumc[dot]org to register.

Funding is available for up to 3 years for a biomedical data science postdoc who's keen to focus on the causal effect estimation of regulatory molecules in the Asiaee Lab. Computer programming chops required. See the full description for how to apply.

We have openings for bioinformaticians, biostatisticians, and more. See our Careers page for details.