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The Division of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics at
UC San Diego

The Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics was established in 2001 as part of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health.



"Carriers-only Tests of Association of Rare Genetic Variants with a Binary Outcome"

Tamar Sofer, PhD

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
MTF (Medical Teaching Facility) 168


"Time-Varying Causal Excursion Effects in Mobile Health with Binary Outcomes"

Susan Murphy, PhD

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
MTF (Medical Teaching Facility) 168


"Using Novel Functional Data Analysis Methods to Maximize Information from EEG Biomarkers in Autism Spectrum Disorders"

Catherine Sugar, PhD

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
MTF (Medical Teaching Facility) 168


"Biostatistics PhD Students’ Presentations"

Jinyuan Liu, Yuqi Qiu, Brian Kwan and Wenyi Lin

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
MTF (Medical Teaching Facility) 168


"Deep Learning Approaches for Glaucoma Detection and Prediction"

Mark Christopher, PhD

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
MTF (Medical Teaching Facility) 168


"Efficiency in Lung Transplant Allocation Strategies"

Jingjing Zou, PhD

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
MTF (Medical Teaching Facility) 168


"Methodological Opportunities and Challenges with Advancing and N-of-1/Small Data Paradigm"

Eric B. Hekler, PhD

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
MTF (Medical Teaching Facility) 168


"Adaptive Enrichment Designs for Reproducible Confirmatory Clinical Trials in the Era of Precision Medicine"

Tze Leung Lai, PhD

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
MET (Medical Education Telemedicine Building) 223


"Missing and Modified Data in Nonparametric Statistics"

Sam Efromovich, PhD

1:00PM – 2:00 PM
MTF 168

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Division Meeting is 1:00-2:00 pm on the third Wednesday of each month in MTF 168

Journal Club is 3:00-4:00 pm on the second and fourth Fridays of each month in Moores Cancer Center Room 3079


Fall 2021 Admissions 

The admission application for Fall 2021 will be accepted from October 7, 2020 to January 6, 2021 for both the MS and the PhD. HOW TO APPLY

Graduate Program Leadership

We are excited to have Dr. Florin Vaida taking on the role of Graduate Programs Director and Dr. Lin Liu as MS Program Director effective October 1, 2020. Read more. 


  • Biostatistics PhD program student Anubhav Nikunj Singh Sachan received a foundation award to support his tuition from the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology. Mr. Singh Sachan's Graduate Student Research focuses on neurodegenerative diseases. Read more. 

  • Biostatistics PhD program student Brian Kwan was named an award recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for 2018. Read more. 


Postdoctoral Biostatistics Fellowship currently open.

The fellowship is a 12-month appointment with supervising professor, Steve Edland, PhD. Creative researchers interested in advancing the knowledge of Alzheimer's Disease Neuroepidemiology and/or quantitative methods to improve research in this field are encouraged to apply. Details on the position and instructions for applying can be found here. 

Applications are currently being accepted for the following faculty position(s):

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

Coveted National Science Foundation grant awarded to Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Professor,  Armin Schwartzman.

The grant, Critical Points and Excursion Probability of Random Fields: Theory and Statistical Applications, is to advance random field theory applications. Read more

UCSD Maintains Top Global Rankings: 

Read the U.S. News article. View the CWUR stats.

The first cohort of MS students starts in September 2019 - check out our Biostatistics Graduate Programs website for more announcements!

Manuscript from Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Professor Lily Xu and clinical colleague Dr. Christina Chamber receiving national attention

The paper (JAMA. 2018;319(5):474-482) reports the prevalence of fetal alcohol exposure effects in first grade children from four communities in the United States. Prevalence rates were remarkably high and underscore the public health significance of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (also called FASDs). Thoughtful and conservative interpretation of the dramatic statistical results observed was a central component of this high impact publication. We thank Dr. Xu for her contribution to this important result.

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Our goal is to pursue excellence in four principal areas: 

  • Methodological research in biostatistics and bioinformatics, in particular methods responsive to new quantitative and scientific problems arising from advances in medicine, biology and health care systems
  • Collaborative clinical, biological, and translational research
  • Education in contemporary statistical theory and applications
  • Service to the university and local community.

What we do at UCSD Biostatistics


For more information about our graduate programs including admission and curriculum requirements, please visit our Biostatistics Graduate Programs website.

Information about current students can be found here

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Faculty and students in the Division of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics encourage involvement with the American Statistical Association. Visit the This is Statistics webpage for more information on this exciting field!