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Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
GWSPH is Proud to Introduce our Newest Department
Welcome to DBB
The vision of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics is to improve public health through excellence in education and teaching in biostatistics and bioinformatics, transformative scientific research, and dedicated service to the university, profession and community. With Department faculty that have received more research funding than any other department at the university, the Department educates the next generation of leaders in biostatistics and bioinformatics by providing opportunities for close interactions with award winning faculty and practical real-world training opportunities in clinical trials, observational studies, diagnostic studies, and bioinformatics and computational biology. The initiation of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics highlights the school’s commitment to the quantitative sciences and the university-wide focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Biostatistics is the science of designing, conducting, analyzing and interpreting studies aimed at improving public health and medicine. Bioinformatics is the science of developing and applying computational algorithms and analysis methodologies to big biological data such as genetic sequences. Together they are foundational sciences for public health research and decision-making, and essential to the education of the next generation of leaders in public health and medicine.
To educate the next generation of leaders in biostatistics and bioinformatics;
To provide leadership, expertise, and innovation in the design, execution, analysis, and reporting of rigorous public health research; and
To promote a culture of collaboration as a contributing citizen of the Milken Institute School of Public Health and George Washington University.
Meet Our Faculty
DEPARTMENT OF BIOSTATISTICS AND BIOINFORMATICS ASSOCIATIONS
Provides leadership and expertise in the execution of clinical trials, observational studies, and diagnostic studies across varied areas of expertise.
Please check back frequently as the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics webpage will be adding a great deal of information over the coming weeks. We are excited to share our future plans with you.
Dr. Ionut Bebu
Dr. Ionut Bebu is an Associate Research Professor develops statistical methodologies for cost-effectiveness analyses. He recently applied these methods to data from the studies conducted by the Biostatistics Center to determine the optimal screening frequency for diabetic retinopathy. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Marcos Perez-Losada is an Assistant Professor in evolutionary and computational biology working on applied issues in translational medicine. He is characterizing the microbiome of the human respiratory airways and the host inflammatory and immune responses during asthma and bronchiolitis. Dr. Perez-Losada has also received an award from the GWSPH Master Teaching Academy Fellows to develop an innovative project to teach hands-on genomics.
Dr. Heather Hoffman is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics that has received awards for Excellence in Teaching and is a member of the Master Teachers Academy in the Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Hoffman is the MPH Biostatistics Program Director and serves as Chair of the departmental Curriculum Committee. Her research interests include biostatistics education, recently presenting results comparing student performance and preference in an error-free versus an error-full SAS programming environment.