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.


12/05/18 Adrian Raftery, PhD

12/4/18 Sandipan Dutta, PhD

11/28/18 Jessica Utts, PhD

11/27/18 Aaron Molstad, PhD

11/19/18 Guifang Fu, PhD

11/15/18 Frank (Fan) Li

11/07/18 Tim Hesterberg, PhD

10/03/18 Michele Guindani, PhD

06/06/18 Rany Salem, PhD

05/02/18 Shemra Rizzo, PhD

04/11/18 Ravi Goyal, PhD

04/02/18 Joshua M. Tebbs, PhD

02/27/18 Eric Laber, PhD

01/19/18 Zhixiang Lin, PhD

01/12/18 Zihuai He, PhD

01/05/18 Ling Ma, PhD

12/06/17 Xiaohui Niu, PhD

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 2019 Master of Science in Biostatistics

The application for admission to the MS program for fall 2019 cohort IS NOW OPEN! We will be accepting applications from January 18, 2019 through February 19, 2019.  HOW TO APPLY


Incoming Biostatistics PhD program student Anubhav Nikunj Singh Sachan is off to a great start, receiving a foundation award to support his tuition from the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology before even attending his first class.  In collaboration with Biostatistics Division professor Steven Edland, Mr. Singh Sachan's Graduate Student Research will focus on neurodegenerative diseases. Mr. Singh Sachan will provide statistical support to researchers at the UCSD Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.  As outlined in his foundation award application, his focused research activity will be to refine statistical methods for interpreting signal data from DNA methylation microarrays and apply these methods to epigenome-wide association studies (EWAS) of Parkinson’s disease.  Congratulations Anubhav, and way to make a great first impression!

Coveted National Science Foundation grant awarded to Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Associate 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 usnews article. View the cwur stats.

Brian Kwan, a second year Biostatistics PhD student, has been named an award recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for 2018.

His research proposal, Revealing Predictors and Patterns of Kidney Function Decline in Type 2 Diabetics, seeks to develop novel statistical approaches to model kidney function decline in patients with diabetes, and to identify and validate a robust metabolomics signature for kidney function decline in these patients. He hopes his findings would provide insight into markers of renal dysfunction and elucidate possible therapeutic targets for treating diabetic kidney disease. In addition to his research, Brian is actively involved in educational outreach within the UCSD community.

Our new Master of Science in Biostatistics was approved on April 9, 2018 by  UCSD and is now under review by the Office of the President.  

Our first cohort of MS students is anticipated to start in September 2019 - watch this page for more announcements!

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Professor Lily Xu and clinical colleague Dr. Christina Chamber have just published a manuscript that is 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.

What we do at UCSD Biostatistics

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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.

Graduate Program

Biostatistics PhD Program Website

Biostats Program Flyer


Recruitment Announcement:
Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Biostatistics