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

News and Events

Wednesday seminars

The fall semester is in full swing, and so are our weekly seminars. See the series page for the schedule.


Congratulations to Rameela Raman

Associate professor Rameela Raman has been awarded a VCHSR Health Equity Research grant to examine neuropsychological cognitive tests used in intensive care unit (ICU) survivors. Learn more about the project at VUMC Reporter.


Our newest students

We are delighted to welcome Elisa Yazdani, Lydia Yao, Bailu (Lucy) Yan, Julia Whitman, Megan Taylor, Jared Strauch, Joshua Slone, Lan Shi, Yeji Ko, and Nate Dowd to our graduate program. Read more about them at our blog


Congratulations to Ryan T. Jarrett, PhD

On Friday, August 13, 2021, Dr. Jarrett successfully defended his dissertation, "Statistical methods for optimal design and information preservation in pharmacokinetics and data squashing with missing values."


Grad student resources

Visit the Vanderbilt Biostatistics Graduate Student Association site for lists of this year's officers, upcoming seminars, and more!