Vanderbilt Department of Biostatistics

Our weekly seminars typically take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Central Time, with in-person presentations at 2525 West End Avenue. Click the link to view the winter/spring 2023 schedule.

Our speaker on Wednesday, February 1, is Bingkai Wang, a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania. He will offer a hybrid presentation on "Model-robust and efficient covariate adjustment for cluster-randomized trials." 

Our speaker on Friday, February 3, at 2:00 p.m., is Andrew Chen, a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. He will offer a hybrid presentation on "Mitigating site effects in covariance for machine learning in neuroimaging data."

The in-person presentations are in the large conference room on the 11th floor (room 11105). For virtual access and other assistance, contact Cierra Streeter

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

Our department members also present lectures and workshops around the world. Upcoming presentations: various department members and alumni chairing, organizing, and presenting at ENAR 2023 in Nashville; Derek Smith in Savannah; Panpan Zhang at ICSA 2023; and more!

Yu Shyr and Dale Plummer at the 2022 retreat


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


Photo: Yu Shyr and Dale Plummer at the 2022 all-department retreat