Pitt Public Health - Biostatistics eNews

What's new?

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.   

Faculty Spotlight: Jiebiao Wang, assistant professor of biostatistics

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, Wang received his PhD from the University of Chicago and was most recently a post-doctoral fellow at CMU. His expertise and research interests include high dimensional data, genomics, and causal inference. Wang is currently teaching BIOST 2025: Biostatistics Seminar.   

Harvey Cochien, MS (BIOST '87) - Pitt 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.  

What's happening?

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.  

Join us for Biostatistics Research Day 2020

On Thursday, February 27, our annual Biostatistics Research Day will showcase students' posters and oral presentations. This is a fantastic opportunity for graduate students to present their research on statistical methods or applications, receive feedback, and build connections with faculty and alumni judges. Some of this student work will be presented at ENAR later this spring. We will also hear from invited speaker, James Dignam (BIOST '94), ... 

Bandos and Ding recently promoted

Congratulations to Andriy Bandos (left) and Ying Ding (right), who were recently promoted to associate professor. Both have made outstanding contributions to the department's graduate teaching and research programs. Congratulations!   

Marsh wins Innovator Award

BIOST's Gary Marsh received the Innovator Award at the 14th annual Celebration of Innovation. The award is related to sales of the Occupational Cohort Mortality Analysis Program, a software package he developed with the assistance of biostatistics faculty and staff including Ada Youk, Roslyn Stone, and Chuck Alcorn. Years earlier, Harvey Co Chien (BIOST MS '87) completed his master's thesis developing an analytic module for this same software.  ... 

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Shyamal Peddada


The Department of Biostatistics is delighted to share with you the inaugural edition of our Pitt Biostatistics eNews that contains many exciting stories about our alumni, students, staff, faculty, and the department. You can find more information on our website, and we encourage you to reach out and get in touch!

2020 is kicking off with many exciting new initiatives! Our two new master’s concentrations are open for enrollment. Our alumni engagement is at an all-time high. And we have some exciting events planned for this year.

Currently, 61 students are enrolled in our master’s and PhD programs, and we have hired three outstanding new junior faculty members in the last year. Our students and faculty have won numerous awards and contributed several publications.

If you enjoy this newsletter, please share with colleagues and friends. 

— Shyamal D. Peddada, PhD, professor and chair

Upcoming Biostats Events

Biostatistics Research Day 2020

3/22-25  |  NASHVILLE
ENAR Spring Meeting  
Look for us @ ENAR!

JSM 2020
The Joint Statistical Meetings


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