Biostatistics News

2020 Best Poster Presentation - Jason Kennedy

Congratulations to master's candidate Jason Kennedy (BIOST MS '20) who was awarded Best Poster Presentation at the annual Biostatistics Research Day on February 27 for his work on “The association between clinical phenotype cohesiveness and sepsis transitions after presentation.”   

2020 Best Poster Honorable Mention - Qing Yin

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Qing Yin (BIOS '20) who received an honorable mention for his poster presentation at the annual Biostatistics Research Day on February 27 for his work on “Semi-parametric Shape Restricted Mixed Effect Regression Spline with Application on State-Wide Prenatal Screening Program Data.”  

2020 Best Oral Presentation Honorable Mention - Luna Wei

Congratulations to doctoral student Yue (Luna) Wei (BIOS '21) on winning Best Oral Presentation Honorable Mention at the annual Biostatistics Research Day on February 27 for her work on “A Simultaneous Inference Procedure to Identify Subgroups in Targeted Therapy Development with Time-to-event Outcomes.”   

Wahed to serve on prestigious COPSS Award Committee

BIOST's Abdus S. Wahed has been selected to be a member of the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) award committee for academic years 2019-22 to represent the International Biometric Society Eastern North American Region (ENAR). COPSS brings the leadership of five distinguished statistical societies to work on shared problems and improve intersociety communication.   

BIOST students Jia and Liu win national ENAR distinguished paper award

Congratulations to Yichen Jia (BIOST ’22, front-left) and Peng Liu (BIOST '16 '21, front-right), winners of the national ENAR Distinguished Paper Award. The two doctoral students will present their award-winning work at one of the country's largest professional gatherings of biostatisticians, the ENAR Spring Meeting in Nashville, March 22–25. Pitt Biostatistics students are consistently recognized among these top student researchers.  

Meet Ruishen Lyu, MS student in biostatistics

Just like with his interest in preventative medicine, Ruishen Lyu (BIOST MS '20) had two main reasons for choosing Pitt from among the other universities to which he was accepted. The first was the great reputation of a large research university like the University of Pittsburgh. The second was the program itself and what it offered. In researching the academic components of the program and hearing from students and alums via online message boar... 

Three new junior faculty join the department

Over the last year we are lucky to have recruited three outstanding junior faculty members: Lu Tang, Jenna Carlson (BIOST '17), and Jiebiao Wang. The newest addition to the department, Wang received his PhD from the University of Chicago and was previously a post-doctoral fellow at CMU. His areas of expertise and research interests include high dimensional data, genomics, and causal inference. Wang is currently teaching BIOST 2025: Biostatistics... 

Alumnus launches effort to help the next generation of biostatisticians!

Harvey Co Chien (BIOST MS '87) recently established a scholarship fund to support students pursuing master's degrees in biostatistics. You too can support students and the department, providing resources, supporting educational programs, aiding travel costs, and allowing us to remain accessible and affordable to the next generation of biostatisticians. Find out more.  

Announcing new HDS and SCG concentrations

We are excited to introduce two new concentrations for the Master's of Science in Biostatistics: Health Data Science (HDS) and Statistical and Computational Genetics (SCG). Find out more in AMSTATNews, on our website , or by contacting Ada Youk ( or Renee Valenti (  

Meet this year's biostatistics master's program ambassadors

Two students were selected to be the master's program ambassadors. Kayleigh Adamson (BIOST MS '20, pictured) and Ruishen Lyu (BIOST MS '20) will use this opportunity to share information with applicants, spread the news about our new concentrations, and to act as sounding boards for their peers.   

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