Biostatisticians play a dual role in research at WVU. They collaborate with clinicians and scientists on technical aspects of their research, and often they adapt and develop statistical methodology as necessitated by novel data modeling and analysis problems that arise in the research collaborations. Ideally, research projects start with biostatisticians being included from the initial discussions on research and study design to ensure that the data collection, management and analysis form a seamless pipeline through to the end of the project. As the great statistician, biologist and geneticist Sir Ronald A. Fisher noted in 1938 (Sankhya (4): 14-17): “To consult the statistician after an experiment is finished is often merely to ask him to conduct a post mortem examination. He can perhaps say what the experiment died of.”

Our Research Strengths

  • Bayesian modeling and data analysis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomarker discovery
  • Frailty models for disease recurrence and survival
  • Genomics
  • Meta-analysis
  • Order-restricted inference
  • Psychometrics
  • Frameworks for reproducible research
  • Spatial data modeling
  • Statistical design for clinical trials
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Systematic reviews
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