People & Research

The Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology currently has 19 tenure-track faculty and several visiting and research faculty. Our department has a long record of excellence in methodologic and collaborative research.

  • The Division of Computational Biology, headed by Dr. Anthony Almudevar, has achieved substantial visibility in the statistical methodology for analysis of micro-array data.
  • Dr. Ollivier Hyrien leads a stochastic modeling group, which uses the theory of branching processes to elucidate cell kinetics.
  • Drs. David Oakes, Sally Thurston, Ollivier Hyrien, Tanzy Love, and Brent Johnson are members of the University of Rochester’s Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC). They collaborate with many faculty in the EHSC and also provide statistical support and services to EHSC researchers through the EHSC Biostatistics Facility Core.
  • The Division of Psychiatric Statistics, headed by Dr. Xin Tu, provides statistical and data management services to the Department of Psychiatry.
  • The Biostatistics Shared Resource for the Wilmot Cancer Center, directed by Dr. Derick Peterson, provides statistical support and collaborative activities for Cancer Center investigators. This includes study design and conduct; grant, protocol, and manuscript preparation; protocol review; and Data and Safety Monitoring Committee activities.
  • Dr. Rob Strawderman is Associate Director for Collaborative Research and Services for the University of Rochester’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Dr. Sally Thurston is the Program Director for the CTSI’s novel biostatistical and epidemiological methodology pilot program. Department faculty, staff, and students contribute to the CTSI in other ways, including through the Department’s consulting service.

The Department has strong collaborative relationships with many other clinical and basic science departments, divisions and centers, including Neurology, Environmental Medicine, Pediatrics, Dental Research, Infectious Diseases, Cardiology, Public Health Sciences (which houses Divisions of Epidemiology and Health Services Research), and Biomedical Genetics.