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The Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics (BMI) is an innovative and productive basic science department integral to the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health (UW SMPH), an academic medical center. BMI is a leading research hub and training center for biomedical data sciences, including biostatistics and biomedical informatics. BMI investigators are engaged in basic discovery science, clinical trials, image analysis, genomics, computational biology, and population studies, and they advance research throughout the SMPH. This research is often multi-faceted and collaborative, and faculty have joint appointments with many other campus units: Statistics, Computer Sciences, Population Health Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Morgridge Institute of Research, and the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery.

BMI faculty and research staff provide consultation and collaboration in the planning, design, conduct, and analysis of basic, translational, and clinical research.

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PhD in Biomedical Data Science

The current explosion of biomedical data, including Electronic medical records (EHR), biomedical imaging, and genomics/proteomics/metabolomics, provide an awesome opportunity to improve understanding of the mechanisms of disease and ultimately to improve human health care. The Doctoral Degree Program in Biomedical Data Science will provide you with a unique blend of skills including programming, data management, data analysis, and machine learning. Successful graduates will be prepared to fully harness the power of high-dimensional, heterogeneous data. Potential students include both students with bachelor’s degrees in an area of data-science (e.g., computer science, statistics), as well as health professionals, clinicians, and others with degrees related to biomedicine (e.g., biology, biochemistry, genetics). Consider applying today!

Predoctoral Training Program in Bio-Data Science (BDS)

Research to improve the analysis of big biomedical data is active at the interface of computer sciences, statistics, and various biomedical disciplines, including genomics, molecular biology, neuroscience, cancer research, and population health. The mission of the Bio-Data Science (BDS) training program is to provide predoctoral research training at this interface, preparing graduate students for key roles in academia, industry, or government. Read More

Sir David Cox, 1924-2022

We lost one of the giants of the statistics world on January 18, 2022.  Sir David Cox’  unmatched career affected the path of thousands — including many of us in BMI. Far beyond proportional hazards, Cox transformed the way people think about statistical modeling and inference. His legacy will long endure: https://www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/news-events/news/sir-david-cox-1924-2022/

News and Events

  • Sir David Cox, 1924-2022

    Last week we lost one of the giants of the statistics world.  Sir David Cox, whose unmatched career affected the path of thousands — including many of us in BMI — passed away on 18 …

  • BMI Affiliate Jignesh Patel named AAAS fellow

    BMI affiliate Jignesh Patel (Professor of Computer Sciences) is one of 13 UW-Madison faculty elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read the UW news release for more information. Congratulations to …

  • BDS student Jiacheng Miao wins ASA student paper competition

    BDS PhD student Jiacheng Miao, advised by Assistant Professor Qiongshi Lu, won this year’s ASA Section on Statistical Genomics and Genetics Student Paper award. The paper is titled “A quantile integral linear model to quantify …

  • Biostatistics & Medical Informatics seminar on Friday December 10th

    Please join us for this week’s Biostatistics & Medical Informatics seminar on Friday! Time & Place: Friday, December 10 2021 at 12:00-1:30pm Location: Biotech Center Auditorium The seminar can also be viewed virtually through Zoom. …

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