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Biostatistics

Division members engage in statistical methods development and application, research design and statistical computing for health science research. Division faculty are critical leaders on research teams uniting faculty from the Department of Preventive Medicine as well as the Feinberg School of Medicine and the university as a whole.

Faculty interests encompass Bayesian methods, bioinformatics, causal inference, computational biology, clinical trials, diagnostic testing, longitudinal modeling, missing data modeling, observational data methods, semi-parametric models, spatial modeling, statistical genetics and survival analysis.

Our division’s premiere faculty and staff biostatisticians are the driving force of data analytic innovation and excellence at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine and beyond. Through methodology development, research team and core leadership, reproducible analytic applications and educational efforts, the Division of Biostatistics perpetuates the highest standards for health research.”

Denise M. Scholtens, PhD

Denise M. Scholtens, PhD

Centers & Cores

Biostatistics Collaboration Center

The BCC, supported by Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, offers Northwestern investigators education and expert support in biostatistics, epidemiology, programming, and data management at every phase of their projects.

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Northwestern University Data Analysis and Coordinating Center (NUDACC)

NUDACC partners with multidisciplinary teams in collaborative leadership of multicenter clinical research. Capabilities encompass study design, data collection tool development, data monitoring and curation, regulatory reporting and statistical analysis.
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Quantitative Data Sciences Core

This core facility of the of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University offers collaborative support and expertise to scientists in biostatistics, bioinformatics and clinical informatics.
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What We Do

 Research

The mission of the Division of Biostatistics is to advance the science of biostatistics and to advance biomedical research through world-class biostatistical collaboration. Learn more about major research initiatives within our division and the groups/studies with whom we collaborate.

 Seminars

View our Events page for all upcoming seminars.

The Division of Biostatistics hosts two seminar series. The DPM-Biostatistics Seminar Series that focuses on methodological and theoretical topics is held on Mondays from 3-4pm. The Applied Statistics Seminar Series that focuses on applied analytic and programming techniques is held on Tuesdays from 12-1pm. All seminars are held in the Stamler Conference Room (680 N. Lake Shore Dr., Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60611) unless noted otherwise. For more information, please click on the speaker's name to add the event to your calendar via Plan-It Purple or email sarah.hill1@northwestern.edu.

Meet Our Team

Alexandria, Shaina J
Dr. Alexandria’s research interests include the application and development statistical methods for causal inference and multivariate exposures. Her collaborative research primarily focuses on cardiovascular health and disease prevention and environmental science in epidemiological studies. She has previously worked at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Carolina Population Center, and the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Center of UNC. At Northwestern, she is affiliated with the Biostatistics Collaboration Center.
Sun, Zequn
Dr. Sun's research interests include collaborative research and statistical applications to biomedical research especially related to cancer studies. His methodology research is related to integrative analysis of high throughput genetic/genomic data, Bayesian analysis, and microbiome data analysis.
Welty, Leah J
Dr. Welty's research interests include the application of biostatistics to psychiatry and environmental research and the development of software tools for reproducible research. She leads the development team for StatTag (stattag.org) - free, open-source software connecting Microsoft Word to R, SAS and Stata. She is also the lead biostatistician for the Northwestern Juvenile Project, a large-scale longitudinal study of psychiatric disorders and risky behaviors in delinquent youth, as well as NJP: NextGen, a study of the children of the original Northwestern Juvenile Project participants. She directs the Biostatistics Collaboration Center, Feinberg's core biostatistics resource for non-cancer research.
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Contact Us

Biostatistics

680 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60611   (Map it)

Phone: 312-503-2300

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