UAB Statistical Genetics Pre-Doctoral Training Program

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Biostatistics
Section on Statistical Genetics

Director: Hemant K. Tiwari, Ph.D.
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Co-Director: David B. Allison Ph.D.
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The pre-doctoral training program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)'s Biostatistics Department supports fellowships for students who wish to receive rigorous training in clinical trials, statistical genetics/genomics, bioinformatics, and research methods in statistics. Candidates are expected to have a strong foundation in mathematics. At the very minimum, they should have had a semester of advanced calculus and a semester of advanced matrix algebra. We have a large, well-funded, highly active department that is evenly split between methodological and applied research. Both our university and department have evidenced strong commitments to training the next generation of biostatisticians. This structured training program offers pre-doctoral fellowships to prepare scientists for careers in biostatistics specifically aimed at heart, lung and blood (HLB) research. The program aims to develop independent investigative skills in the development, evaluation, and application of advanced statistical methods pertaining to clinical trials and statistical genetics/genomics.

Areas of Special Emphasis

Clinical trials, Statistical genetics/genomics, Bioinformatics, and Research Methods in Statistics.

Type of Training: Pre-doctoral

Key Faculty Available as Preceptors

Aban, Inmaculada, Ph.D., Department of Biostatistics Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials, Survival and Reliability Analysis, Model Diagnostics, Inference for Heavy-Tailed Distributions

Allison, David B., Ph.D., Department of Biostatistics, Clinical Nutrition Research Center Obesity, Quantitative Genetics, Clinical Trials, and Statistical and Research Methodology

Bartolucci, Alfred, Ph.D., Department of Biostatistics Meta-Analysis, Survival Analysis, Longitudinal Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Bayesian Statistics, Clinical Trials

Beasley, T. Mark, Ph.D., Department of Biostatistics Statistical Genetics, Nonparametric Statistics, Simulation Studies, Linear Models, Longitudinal Analysis, Genetic Admixture, Psychometrics, Multivariate Analysis

Cutter, Gary, Ph.D., Department of Biostatistics Developing Alternative Approaches to Measuring Outcomes of Studies, School-Based Prevention Studies, Sun Safety Protection, Smoking Prevention

Howard, George, Dr. Ph., Department of Biostatistics Analysis of Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Development and Application of Statistical Techniques in Large Multicenter Clinical Trials, Epidemiological Studies

Redden, David T., Ph.D., Department of Biostatistics Multi-Site Clinical Trials, Longitudinal Analysis, Categorical Models, Genetic Heterogeneity in Genetic Association Studies

Roth, David, Ph.D., Department of Biostatistics Structural Equation Modeling, Multivariate Analysis, Longitudinal Analysis, Clinical Trials

Tiwari, Hemant K., Ph.D., Department of Biostatistics Disequilibrium Mapping, Genome-wide Association Studies, Structural Variation, Epigenetics, Population Genetics, Molecular Evolution, Bioinformatics, Missing Data

Yi, Nengjun, Ph.D., Department of Biostatistics Statistical Genetics, Bayesian Statistics, Model Selection, Monte Carlo Markov Chain Algorithms, Statistical and Computational Methods for Identifying Multiple Interacting Genes for Complex Traits

Zhang, Kui, Ph.D., Department of Biostatistics Haplotype Mapping in Population and Pedigree data, Association and Linkage Disequilibrium

Last updated: July 2009

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