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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Preventive Medicine
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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

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 lucia.ontiveros@northwestern.edu.

Meet Our Team

Balmert, Lauren C

Lauren C Balmert

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine (Biostatistics)

Dr. Balmert's research interests are primarily collaborative and include the application of biostatistics to a wide range of areas including urology, audiology, and pediatric medicine. Previous research has also focused on investigating mortality trends by various geographic and demographic factors. Her methodological research focuses on nonparametric methods for time-to-event data analysis.

Chmiel, Joan S

Joan S Chmiel

Professor of Preventive Medicine (Biostatistics)

Dr. Chmiel’s current research interests are in the epidemiology of HIV-1 infection, statistical methods for the design and analysis of clinical and epidemiological studies of cancer, osteoarthritis and AIDS, and clinical trial design and analysis.

Kwasny, Mary Morrissey

Mary Morrissey Kwasny

Professor of Preventive Medicine (Biostatistics)

Methodologic research interests include issues related to data misclassifiction or mismeasurement especially in regards to anthropometric measures, and changes in those measures over time. Current research also includes research in behavioral interventions including mobile apps for depression and anxiety, and interventions to assist in adherence to complex medication regimens. Lastly, I am quite interested in statistical outreach, promoting literacy and education in K-12, and mentoring within the statistical profession.

Muhammad, Lutfiyya N

Lutfiyya N Muhammad

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine (Biostatistics)

Dr. Muhammad’s methodologic research interests are linear mixed models, truncated data, and missing data. She primarily participates in biomedical research collaborations related to rheumatic diseases.

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Biostatistics

  • 680 N. Lake Shore Dr.
    Suite 1400
    Chicago, IL 60611   (Map it)
  • Phone: 312-503-2300
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