NEW Health Data Science Course

New for the Spring 2018 semester, the Department is offering our newest Health Data Science course, PHP 2570, Health Data Science Case Studies. Instructed by Henry Ledyard Goddard University Professor of Biostatistics, Constantine Gatsonis, this course is designed to introduce students to the practice of data science in health-related fields via presentations and in-depth discussion of case studies of current or recently completed projects. The case studies will be selected to highlight important areas of research and health policy analysis.

Dr Lorin Crawford presents at DSI

Biostatistics Assistant Professor, Lorin Crawford, will be offering a seminar as part of the Data Science Initiative’s Community Engagement Colloquia. On Thursday, 9 November 2017, Dr. Crawford will be presenting “An Introduction to Approximate Kernel Regression Methods”. More information on Dr. Crawford’s talk, including location and time, can be found here.


On Friday, 6 October 2017, the Department hosted the “Scientific Inference in the Age of Data Science” symposium. Guest lecturers included Professor and Andrew Banks Family Chair Michael Daniels from the University of Florida’s Department of Statistics, Professor Francesca Dominici of Harvard’s Department of Biostatistics and Co-Director of Harvard University Data Science Initiative, and Maurice Falk Professor of Statistics & Computational Neuroscience Robert Kass from Carnegie Mellon University.

Ruoshui Zhai Receives Travel Award

Third-year doctoral candidate, Ruoshui Zhai, received a travel award to attend the Medical College of Wisconsin’s 2017 BiostatMCW conference next week in Milwaukee.  The award, which was open to “outstanding PhD students and new researchers (within 5 years of PhD)” recognizes Zhai’s work with Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Roee Gutman, and is entitled “Optimal Sample Size for Cluster Randomized Trials Based on the Randomization Distribution.” Zhai's presentation will outline a novel simulation-based approach to calculated sample size for cluster randomizatio

Honoring Professor Constantine Gatsonis

The Department of Biostatistics is pleased to announce a special symposium on Scientific Inference in the Age of Data Science to honor the fundamental and singular contributions of Professor Constantine Gatsonis to the development of biostatistics at Brown University. The program will feature brief talks from three leaders in statistics and data science, and ample opportunity for Q & A from the audience.  Provost Rick Locke, School of Public Health Dean Fox Wetle, and Professor Vince Mor will deliver opening remarks.

Faculty Award - Jon Steingrimsson, PhD

Over the summer, one of our newest faculty members, Dr. Jon Steingrimsson, gave an invited talk, entitled “Censoring Unbiased Survival Forests” at the 2017 Lifetime and Data Analysis Conference hosted by the University of Connecticut.  At the conference, Steingrimsson was awarded “Best Paper” for his work entitled “Censoring Unbiased Regression Trees and Ensembles”.

Welcoming our Newest Faculty Member

The Department of Biostatistics is pleased to welcome the newest member of our faculty, Stavroula Chrysanthopoulou, PhD.  

Brown Biostatistics Welcomes 24 Incoming Graduate Students

Last week, the Department of Biostatistics joined the Departments of Epidemiology, Behavioral Health Sciences and Health Services Policies & Practices as well as the Master’s Program in Public Health, as we welcomed over 100 students to Brown’s School of Public Health.  Biostatistics welcomed its largest class, to date, with 5 new doctoral students and 19 Master’s students. 

We are proud of the diverse and eclectic group of students who have joined our ranks.  We welcome:

Published Paper - Improved HIV-1 Viral Load Monitoring

Biostatistics Associate Professor Tao Liu, Carole & Lawrence Sirovich Professor of Public Health Joseph Hogan, Associate Professor of Medicine Rami Kantor, 4th-year doctoral student Yizhen Xu and others recently had a paper published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAID).

Alumnus Returns for CAAS Seminar

Brown Biostatistics Alumnus, Miles Ott, PhD'13, is an Assistant Professor of Statistical & Data Scienceswith Smith College in Northampton, MA.  His research focuses on public health and statistical analysis of social network data.  Dr.