Biostatistics

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Biostatistics is the application of statistical techniques for scientific research in health-related fields, including medicine, biology and public health. It also encompasses development of novel methodologies that translate to better study design and analyses.

Biostatistics also contributes substantially to the area of Data Science through statistical learning techniques. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the field of biostatistics has become an indispensable tool in improving health and reducing illness. Epidemiology is concerned with the distribution, causation, and control of disease across time and space in human populations.

The Mission of the Division of Biostatistics is to:

  • Provide quality statistical support in research design and analysis developed by the clinical and laboratory investigators.
  • Train medical students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other research staff in the use of statistical methods and software.
  • Train the next generation of biostatisticians and data scientists.
  • Develop innovative statistical research guided by and benefiting clinical and laboratory based research projects.
  • Create and/or assist with epidemiologic studies in the fields of hypertension, women's health, perioperative outcomes and anesthesia.

The division was formed in October 2004, under the Medical College’s Strategic Plan for further development and retention of research scholars by fostering collaborations with biostatisticians and epidemiologists to further enhance and advance WCM research.

Affiliated Education Program

Biostatistics & Data Science Master's Track

Current Research Highlights

Student Spotlight: Ying Li

July 11, 2022

Ying Li realized her enthusiasm for public health while participating in a study on Alzheimer’s disease during her undergraduate education. As a result, she became determined to learn biostatistics and devote herself to helping researchers explore diseases’ causes and risk factors and develop new treatments. This passion ultimately brought her to the...

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Student Spotlight: Anni Liu

May 18, 2022

Anni Liu imagined dedicating her life’s work to music from an early age. That changed when her violin mentor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music suggested the benefits of learning more about the sciences, leading her to obtain a degree in preventive medicine at Fudan University. Now, Anni is set to complete Weill Cornell Medicine’s...

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Student Spotlight: Po-hsuan Lai

March 2, 2022

While working as a statistical programmer analyst and learning about various treatments for a range of diseases, Po-hsuan Lai came to appreciate the complexity and significance of clinical trials. This is what ignited his passion for biostatistics and his desire to pursue a graduate degree at Weill Cornell Medicine. 

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Faculty & Staff

Tahmid Ahmed
  • Administrator, Grants and Finance
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Anjile An , MPH
  • Research Biostatistician II
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Caroline Andy , MS
  • Research Biostatistician I
(646) 962-8087
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Karla Ballman, Ph.D.
Karla Ballman , PhD
  • Vice Chair for Education
  • Chief of the Division of Biostatistics
  • Professor of Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-8023
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Samprit Banerjee, Ph.D., MStat
Samprit Banerjee , PhD, MStat
  • Program Director of Ph.D. in Population Health Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Biostatistics in Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-8014
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Colin Begg , PhD
  • Professor of biostatistics in population health sciences
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James Booth
  • Professor of Biostatistics in Population Health Sciences
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Zhengming Chen , PhD, MPH
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-8015
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Jacky Choi
Jacky Choi , MPH
  • Research Biostatistician II
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Paul Christos, DrPH, MS
Paul Christos , DrPH, MS
  • Associate Professor of Research in Population Health Sciences
  • Director of Biostatistics and Epidemiology Consulting Service
  • Director of Research Design and Biostatistics Core of the Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center
(646) 962-8018
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Jason Chua
Jason Chua
  • Programmer Analyst II
 Debra D'Angelo, MS
Debra D'Angelo , MS
  • Assistant Director, Biostatistics Services
(646) 962-3091
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Vasilios Fokaidis
  • Research Biostatistician I
Linda Gerber, Ph.D., MA
Linda Gerber , PhD, MA
  • Professor of Population Health Sciences
  • Professor of Epidemiology in Medicine
(646) 962-8020
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Rachel Heise
Rachel Heise , MS
  • Research Biostatistician I
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Katherine Hoffman , MS
  • Research Biostatistician III
(646) 962-8032
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Cindy Landaverde
  • Program Coordinator
(646) 962-8089
Colby Lewis V
Colby Lewis V
  • Research Biostatistician I
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Wodan Ling , PhD
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-7640
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Xiaoyue Ma , M.Sc.
  • Research Biostatistician III
(646) 962-8029
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Eshani Pareek , MBS
  • Healthcare Data Specialist II
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Yuqing Qiu
Yuqing Qiu
  • Research Biostatistician II
Brady Rippon
Brady Rippon , MS
  • Research Biostatistician II
 Arindam RoyChoudhury, Ph.D., M.Stat.
Arindam RoyChoudhury , PhD
  • Program Director, Certificate Program
  • Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-8155
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Oleksandr Savenkov , PhD
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-7639
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Bilal Shaikh , MS
  • Healthcare Data Analyst
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Anamika Sharma Paudel
Anamika Sharma Paudel
  • Programmer Analyst I
Will Simmons
Will Simmons , MPH
  • Research Biostatistician II
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Charlene Thomas , MS
  • Research Biostatistician II
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Mohammad Usman
Mohammad Usman , PhD
  • Programmer Analyst II
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Alan Wu , MS
  • Research Biostatistician III
(646) 962-7592
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Yiyuan Wu , MS
  • Research Biostatistician III
(646) 962-8073
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Wenna Xi , PhD, MS
  • Instructor in Population Health Sciences
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Kathy (Xi) Zhou, Ph.D., MS
Xi Kathy Zhou , PhD, MS
  • Program Director of the M.S. in Biostatistics and Data Science
  • Associate Professor of Biostatistics in Population Health Sciences
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Recent Faculty Publications

A.E. Merkler; N.S. Parikh; S. Mir; A. Gupta; H. Kamel; E. Lin; J. Lantos; E.J. Schenck; P. Goyal; S.S. Bruce; J. Kahan; K.N. Lansdale; N.M. LeMoss; S.B. Murthy; P.E. Stieg; M.E. Fink; C. Iadecola; A.Z. Segal; M. Cusick; T.R. Campion; I. Díaz; C. Zhang; B.B. Navi
2020
K.A. Jaeckle; K.V. Ballman; M. van den Bent; C. Giannini; E. Galanis; P.D. Brown; R.B. Jenkins; G. Cairncross; W. Wick; M. Weller; K.D. Aldape; J.G. Dixon; K. Anderson; J.H. Cerhan; J.S. Wefel; M. Klein; S.A. Grossman; D. Schiff; J.J. Raizer; F. Dhermain; D.G. Nordstrom; P.J. Flynn; M.A. Vogelbaum
2020
M. Gaudino; U. Benedetto; S. Fremes; K. Ballman; G. Biondi-Zoccai; A. Sedrakyan; G. Nasso; J. Raman; B. Buxton; P.A. Hayward; N. Moat; P. Collins; C. Webb; M. Peric; I. Petrovic; K.J. Yoo; I. Hameed; A. Di Franco; M. Moscarelli; G. Speziale; J.D. Puskas; L.N. Girardi; D.L. Hare; D.P. Taggart
2020

Contact Information:
Karla Ballman, Ph.D.
Chief, Division of Biostatistics 
Department of Population Health Sciences
Tel: (646) 962-8023
Fax: (646) 962-0281
kab2053@med.cornell.edu

Mailing Address:
Weill Cornell Medical College
Department of Population Health Sciences Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
402 East 67th Street, Box 74
New York, NY 10065

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